Definitions for volte-facevɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

volte-facevɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas(n.)

  1. a turnabout, esp. a reversal of opinion or policy.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of volte-face:

1810–20; < F < It voltafaccia=volta turn (see volt2) +facciaface

Princeton's WordNet

  1. about-face, volte-face, reversal, policy change(noun)

    a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

    "an about-face on foreign policy"


  1. volte-face(Noun)

    a reversal of policy, attitude or principle


  1. Volte-face

    Volte-face is a total change of position, as in policy or opinion; an about-face. The expression comes through French, from Italian voltafaccia and Portuguese volte face, composed of volta and faccia. In the context of politics a volte-face is, in modern English, often referred to as a U-turn or a flip-flop in the UK and the US respectively.


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