Definitions for cause célèbreˈkɔz səˈlɛb; Fr. koʊz seɪˈlɛb rə

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  1. cause celebre(noun)

    an incident that attracts great public attention

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  1. Cause célèbre

    A cause célèbre is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and heated public debate. The term is particularly used in connection with celebrated legal cases. It is a French phrase in common English use, but is hardly used in modern French. The phrase originated with the 37-volume compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres, published in 1763.

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