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rai•son d'ê•tre



Pronunciation: (rā'zōn de'tru; Fr. re-zôn de'tru), [key]
pl. rai•sons d'ê•trePronunciation: (rā'zōnz de'tru; Fr. re-zôn de'tru). [key]

reason or justification for being or existence: Art is the artist's raison d'être.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

raison d'étatraisonneur

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