Friday, March 05, 2004
fait accompli noun [fay-tah-kom-PLEE; fet-ah-] An accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
Definitions for fait accompli
- An accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
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Citations for fait accompli
In 1991, with German reunification a fait accompli and the European Community striding toward full political and economic integration, the future had seemed extraordinarily bright.
Olga, strict and tradition-minded, marries a man her father has found for her in Greece: she accepts the choice as a fait accompli, and falls in love with him on sight.
Origin of fait accompli
Fait accompli comes from the French, literally meaning "accomplished fact": fait, from Latin factum, "a thing done," from factus, past participle of facere, "to make or do" + accompli, past participle of accomplir, from Latin ad- + complere, "to fill up, to complete," from com- + plere, "to fill."