esprit de corps

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esprit de corps

[e-spree duh kawr]
a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc.

1770–80; < French

camaraderie, bonding, solidarity, fellowship. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
esprit de corps (ɛˈspriː də ˈkɔː, French ɛspri də kɔr)
consciousness of and pride in belonging to a particular group; the sense of shared purpose and fellowship

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esprit de corps [(es-pree duh kawr)]

The feeling of camaraderie among members of a group or an organization: “The campers have been together for only one week, but they are already bound by a strong esprit de corps.” From French, meaning “group spirit.”

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Example sentences
If a group is able to develop esprit de corps, they can be quite effective.
He certainly feels no less esprit de corps because of it.
For me that explains the swaggering esprit de corps so often commented on by
  impressed visitors.
The event brought in television crews and local officials in a festive show of
  esprit de corps.
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