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démarche

[dey-marsh] /deɪˈmarʃ/
noun, plural démarches
[dey-marsh] /deɪˈmarʃ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like.
2.
a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc.
3.
a procedure or step; move; maneuver.
Origin of démarche
literally, gait
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  • A hotel would be nothing; you could call on anybody at a hotel, if you had to; but here would be a demarche indeed!

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British Dictionary definitions for demarche

démarche

/demarʃ/
noun
1.
a move, step, or manoeuvre, esp in diplomatic affairs
2.
a representation or statement of views, complaints, etc, to a public authority
Word Origin
C17: literally: walk, gait, from Old French demarcher to tread, trample; see de-, march1
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Word Origin and History for demarche
n.

1650s, "walk, step," from French démarche (15c.) literally "gait, walk, bearing," from démarcher (12c.) "to march," from de- + marcher (see march (v.)). Meaning "a diplomatic step" attested from 1670s. A word never quite anglicized.

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