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Friday, March 05, 2004

Definitions for fait accompli

  1. An accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.

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Citations for fait accompli
In 1991, with German reunification a fait accompli and the European Community striding toward full political and economic integration, the future had seemed extraordinarily bright. Richard K. Lester, The Productive Edge
Olga, strict and tradition-minded, marries a man her father has found for her in Greece: she accepts the choice as a fait accompli, and falls in love with him on sight. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Origin of fait accompli
Fait accompli comes from the French, literally meaning "accomplished fact": fait, from Latin factum, "a thing done," from factus, past participle of facere, "to make or do" + accompli, past participle of accomplir, from Latin ad- + complere, "to fill up, to complete," from com- + plere, "to fill."