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fait accompli

Definition:

an irreversible accomplishment

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Usage:

French

Plural:

faits accomplis

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

French fait accompli ("an accomplished fact"), from fait ("a fact") + accompli...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

List of French words and phrases used by English speakers

Here are some examples of French words and phrases used by English speakers. English contains many words of French origin, such as art, competition, force, machine, police, publicity, role, routine, table, and many other Anglicized French words. These... (38 of 12590 words, 37 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/List of French words and phrases used by English speakers

Collins Dictionary:

fait accompli [French]

something already done and beyond alteration (6 of 475 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fait-accompli

Oxford Dictionary:

fait accompli

Syllabification: (fait ac·com·pli) | [singular] | a thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it, leaving them ... (21 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/fait-accompli

fait accompli [singular]

a thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it, leaving them with no option but to accept it (24 of 66 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fait-accompli

Merriam-Webster:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural] | done deal [fait accompli]

a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible (6 of 58 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fait accompli

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fait accompli [countable, formal] | faits accomplis [plural]

something that has already been done and cannot be changed (10 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fait-accompli

Cambridge Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

an action which has already been done and which cannot be changed (12 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fait-accompli

Random House Dictionary:

fait accompli [French] | faits accomplis [plural]

an accomplished fact; a thing already done. (7 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fait-accompli

Wiktionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural] | done deal [synonym]

An accomplished fact, something that has already occurred; a done deal. (11 of 31 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fait accompli

American Heritage Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact. (7 of 25 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fait-accompli

New World Dictionary:

fait accompli

something already done or in effect, making opposition or argument useless (11 of 25 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fait-accompli

Encarta Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

something that is already done or decided and seems unalterable (10 of 48 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

Origin: French fait accompli ("an accomplished fact"), from fait ("a fact") + accompli ("accomplished").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fait accompli

Oxford Dictionary:

fait accompli

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: French, literally "accomplished fact"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/fait-accompli

American Heritage Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

Origin: French: fait, fact + accompli, accomplished.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fait-accompli

Merriam-Webster:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

First use: 1845

Origin: French, accomplished fact

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fait accompli

New World Dictionary:

fait accompli

Origin: French, an accomplished fact

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fait-accompli

Collins Dictionary:

fait accompli [French]

Origin: literally: accomplished fact

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fait-accompli

Encarta Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: French, "accomplished fact"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

fait accompli [countable, formal] | faits accomplis [plural]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "fait accompli"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "fait accompli"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fait-accompli

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fait accompli [countable, formal] | faits accomplis [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fait accompli"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fait-accompli

Cambridge Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fait accompli"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fait accompli"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fait-accompli

Google Dictionary:

fait accompli | faits accomplis [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fait accompli"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=fait accompli

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fait accompli

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fait accompli"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fait a​01 word=fait accompli

fait accompli

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fait accompli"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fait a​02 word=fait accompli

YourDictionary Audio:

fait accompli

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fait accompli" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fait-accompli

the Free Dictionary:

fait accompli

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fait accompli" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/fait accompli

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