One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inversion, especially a violent one; an upset or upheaval.
- ‘English and to a lesser extent Scottish aristocratic society were indeed notably fluid in the aftermath of the bouleversement of 1066.’
- ‘To cleave open and engage with involuntary memory, to embrace the messianic cessation of history, demands a courageous, radical bouleversement of all that contains and controls us.’
- ‘One of the actual saving energies in the place is speech, double-take, subversion, bouleversement, turning the thing upside down.’
- ‘The next bouleversement, which brought in William and Mary, declared that Charles II's oath against taking up arms was no longer necessary.’
From French bouleverser ‘overturn’.
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