One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbin phrase épater les bourgeois
Shock people who have attitudes or views perceived as conventional or complacent.‘the artist was trying to épater les bourgeois again with ‘Altar’, made of bloodstained stretchers’
- ‘If his views are sincerely held, there sometimes seems to be an element of pour épater les bourgeois in his expression of them.’
- ‘Did her interest in photography owe as much to a real feeling for art or journalism as it did to an almost erotically charged desire, only too common among bored suburban teenagers, to épater les bourgeois?’
- ‘Whether this was born of a genuine revolutionary spirit or just to épater les bourgeois probably no longer matters.’
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