Definition of douceur in English:



  • A financial inducement; a gratuity or bribe.

    ‘Pericles gave a handsome douceur to the Spartan commanders to withdraw without fighting’
    • ‘Clearly, the Contaminated Land Register has caused a market paralysis so there has to be a fiscal douceur to compensate.’
    • ‘He thoughtfully offered to forget the debt if the tenants gave him a ‘douceur’ of £1200 and emigrated to Australia or Canada.’
    • ‘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.’
    payment, payout, reward, recompense, consideration
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Mid 18th century: French, literally sweetness.