Definition of esprit de corps in English:

esprit de corps


  • [mass noun] A feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group.

    ‘they developed some esprit de corps through athletics competitions’
    [count noun] ‘to have an esprit de corps is important for any choir’
    • ‘That puts Wall Street firms in the difficult position of somehow recapturing their esprit de corps at a time when many of their employees are suffering not just financially but also emotionally.’
    • ‘The rodeo is a great way to unite soldiers' skills and build esprit de corps.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the railways did inspire a feeling of esprit de corps among those that worked for them, a spirit which survived until very recently.’
    • ‘The event is a fantastic way for Army personnel to improve their fitness, marksmanship, team work, competitive spirit and esprit de corps in an environment that is both fun and challenging.’
    • ‘Organizations today want to foster knowledge, deepen working relationships, and create a collaborative culture and esprit de corps.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, that rivalry is the least of Australia's defence problems and, indeed, can have some positive features especially in developing esprit de corps.’
    • ‘‘I now command a Service that has great traditions of dedication, courage, esprit de corps and success in both peace and war,’ he said.’
    • ‘Just as sharing information can build esprit de corps, withholding it can severely depress morale.’
    • ‘Morale, cohesion, esprit de corps and readiness plummeted as everyone addressed a new training cycle to absorb yet another batch of recruits.’
    • ‘Personal and financial connections were the prerequisites for the much-vaunted esprit de corps for which the Forest Service became famous.’
    • ‘They should help build teamwork, esprit de corps and unit pride.’
    • ‘There was a camaraderie of sorts, a sense of esprit de corps that could be affected and changed.’
    • ‘Morale at the agency suffered badly under him, so the next chairman ideally would be someone who can quickly restore the agency's esprit de corps.’
    • ‘It is a key component of the notions of comradeship and esprit de corps which are characteristic of military self-image and organization.’
    • ‘They are better paid than conscripts, they get more training and they have higher morale and more esprit de corps.’
    • ‘He said the main factors that attract people to submarines are the camaraderie or esprit de corps and the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility at a relatively young age and rank.’
    • ‘The military realized some years ago, however, that explosive anger and unfair, degrading punishment develop neither esprit de corps nor mature soldiers.’
    • ‘The esprit de corps from the committee chairman down to the civilian volunteers and property owners is terrific.’
    • ‘Prolonged exposure to direct political governance has taken a huge toll on the professionalism and esprit de corps of the Nigerian Armed Forces made up of the army, the navy, and the air force.’
    • ‘The fighting skill, courage and esprit de corps among the Chechen fighters, who were defending their homeland, contrasted with that of the average Russian soldier.’
    unanimity, unity, like-mindedness, agreement, accord, harmony, consensus, concord, concurrence, singleness of purpose, community of interest, mutual support, cooperation, cohesion, team spirit, camaraderie, esprit de corps
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French, literally spirit of the body.


esprit de corps

/ɛˌspriː də ˈkɔː//French ɛspʀi də kɔʀ/