in a mass; all together; as a group: The people rushed to the gate en masse.
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How to use en masse in a sentence
Plug plants take a couple of years to fill in, but they offer a more affordable way to plant en masse.
They pulled up in unmarked cars and on motorcycles, appearing en masse out of the darkness.
The Internet cool kids are, of course, rallying against Swift en masse.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if word of the mission reached the city, there was a risk that the hostages would be executed en masse.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For women who are attacked en masse, this new reporting system will save substantial time and energy.If Twitter Won’t Handle Its Massive Harassment Problem, These Women Will | Samantha Allen | November 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Editors were apoplectic, and they showed it by quitting en masse, leaving Mays to pick up the pieces.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The company, expecting a scene, rose en masse to their feet, while those in the inner room crowded to the front.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
On more than one occasion they have taken up some cause en masse, and have gathered in thousands, determined to have their way.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
The experience of human affairs when looked at en masse, must be in accordance with it if true, or repugnant to it if false.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
The result of such desultory visits would be exactly what has been noticed, but erroneously attributed to immigration en masse.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
Then he speaks of the inhabitants as being, 'taken en masse, steeped to the eyelids in immorality.'
British Dictionary definitions for en masse
in a group, body, or mass; as a whole; all together
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Cultural definitions for en masse
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Other Idioms and Phrases with en masse
In one group or body; all together. For example, The activists marched en masse to the capitol. This French term, with exactly the same meaning, was adopted into English about 1800.
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