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mot juste

[moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/
noun, plural mots justes
[moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
the exact, appropriate word.
Can be confused
bon mot, mot juste.
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  • And yet, that inner commotion was so violent, he felt a little bewildered about the mot juste.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • Now, Maupassant, of whom it has been said that he is the master of the mot juste, has never been a dealer in words.

  • It occurred to me that 'hungry' was perhaps the mot juste for him; but—hungry for what?

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • And that is the mot juste, as the French have it; that is what the orphanage was, and what the good founder was—imposing.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • We never find him searching for the mot juste as for a needle in a bottle of hay.

  • The wedge-shaped mass, immense foundations and pointed apex were the mot juste in outline.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • "You have a nice instinct for the mot juste," she informed him.

  • I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot juste, that Holy Grail of the period.

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • The mixing up of our identities is probably explained by the fact that we are both stylists and seekers for the mot juste.

British Dictionary definitions for mot juste

mot juste

/mo ʒyst/
noun (pl) mots justes (mo ʒyst)
1.
the appropriate word or expression
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