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A financial inducement; a bribe:‘Pericles gave a handsome douceur to the Spartan commanders to withdraw without fighting’
payment, payout, reward, recompense, considerationView synonyms
- ‘He had arranged for fraudulent South Sea shares to be given to the king, and had overseen the distribution of douceurs in Parliament to help things along.’
- ‘He thoughtfully offered to forget the debt if the tenants gave him a ‘douceur’ of £1200 and emigrated to Australia or Canada.’
- ‘Clearly, the Contaminated Land Register has caused a market paralysis so there has to be a fiscal douceur to compensate.’
French, literally sweetness.
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