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Monday, November 25, 2002

Definitions for bouleversement

  1. Complete overthrow; a reversal; a turning upside down.

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Citations for bouleversement
For the second time in his life Amory had had a complete bouleversement and was hurrying into line with his generation. F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
Ian Salisbury had his chance yesterday but he tried too hard to give the ball a rip on the dry surface and the old tendency to drop short or overpitch cost 34 from eight overs either side of tea as Rhodes and McMillan threatened a bouleversement worthy of the famous England deliverance against Australia in 1981. Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Daily Telegraph
Origin of bouleversement
Bouleversement comes from French, from Old French bouleverser, "to overturn," from boule, "ball" (from Latin bulla) + verser, "to overturn" (from Latin versare, from vertere, "to turn").