beaux esprits

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beaux es·prits

Plural of bel esprit.
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German philosophers, would-be philosophers, and beaux esprits, eagerly seized on this literature, only forgetting, that when these writings immigrated from France into Germany, French social conditions had not immigrated along with them.
Such efforts at conversation won her the appellation of "that good Mademoiselle Cormon," which, from the lips of the beaux esprits of society, means that she was as ignorant as a carp, and rather a poor fool; but many persons of her own calibre took the remark in its literal sense, and answered:--
Theophile's trial was initiated by the publication in 1623 of the Jesuit Francois Garasse's Doctrine des beaux esprits de ou pretendus tels.