Definition of épater in English:

épater

verb

  • Shock people who are conventional or complacent.

    • ‘Whether this was born of a genuine revolutionary spirit or just to épater les bourgeois probably no longer matters.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘If his views are sincerely held, there sometimes seems to be an element of pour épater les bourgeois in his expression of them.’

Origin

Early 20th century: French, literally startle, shock.

Pronunciation:

épater

/āˈpätā/