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  • n. Anglicized spelling of raison d'être; a reason for living.

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  • n. reason for being
  • n. the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

Etymologies

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From French raison d'être

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  • See rum raisin d'être

    March 7, 2009

  • (n): Reason or justification for existing. French: raison, reason + de, of, for + être, to be.

    March 7, 2009