cri de coeur

[ kreeduh -kœr; English kree duh -kur ]
/ kridə ˈkœr; English ˈkri də ˈkɜr /

noun, plural cris de coeur [kreeduh -kœr; English kreez duh -kur]. /kridə ˈkœr; English ˈkriz də ˈkɜr/. French.

an anguished cry of distress or indignation; outcry.

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Origin of cri de coeur

First recorded in 1895–1900; literally, “cry of (the) heart”
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British Dictionary definitions for cri de coeur

cri de coeur
/ (ˌkriː də ˈkɜː) /

noun plural cris de coeur

a cry from the heart; heartfelt or sincere appeal

Word Origin for cri de coeur

C20: altered from French cri du coeur
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