Definition of acte gratuit in US English:

acte gratuit


  • A gratuitous or motiveless action performed on impulse.


1930s; earliest use found in ‘Rebecca West’ (1892–1983), writer, critic, and journalist. From French acte gratuit (1927 in the work of André Gide, or earlier; compare his earlier use in this sense of acte libre and action gratuite) from acte + gratuit.


acte gratuit

/ˌakt ɡraˈtwi/