- esprit de corps,
- esprit de l'escalier,
- espronceda, josé de,
Origin of esprit
Examples from the Web for esprit
Throughout the debate, Republicans never lost their esprit de corps.
Montesquieu had placed an invocation to the muses in the middle of the "Esprit des Lois."The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
The prince was the incarnation of French 555 esprit, and of the Parisian-French esprit, which includes all possible qualities.
This is indeed the characteristic mark, the common signature, so to speak, of esprit like his.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
Word Origin for esprit
1590s, from Middle French esprit "spirit, mind," from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus "spirit" (see spirit).
For initial e-, see especial. Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. French also has the excellent phrase esprit de l'escalier, literally "spirit of the staircase," defined in OED as, "a retort or remark that occurs to a person after the opportunity to make it has passed." It also has espirit fort, a "strong-minded" person, one independent of current prejudices, especially a freethinker in religion.