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démarche

[ dey-marsh ]
/ deɪˈmarʃ /
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noun, plural dé·marches [dey-marsh]. /deɪˈmarʃ/. French.
an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like.
a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc.
a procedure or step; move; maneuver.
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Origin of démarche

Literally, “gait”
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How to use démarche in a sentence

  • Whomever they got to make the anti-bow demarche, it was unsuccessful.

    Michelle's Closet Agenda|Geraldine Brooks|November 18, 2008|DAILY BEAST
  • A hotel would be nothing; you could call on anybody at a hotel, if you had to; but here would be a demarche indeed!

    Lady Baltimore|Owen Wister

British Dictionary definitions for démarche

démarche
/ French (demarʃ) /

noun
a move, step, or manoeuvre, esp in diplomatic affairs
a representation or statement of views, complaints, etc, to a public authority

Word Origin for démarche

C17: literally: walk, gait, from Old French demarcher to tread, trample; see de-, march 1
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