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1. A French phrase or idiom appearing in another language.
2. A characteristic French trait.
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(Linguistics) a word or idiom borrowed from French
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(ˈgæl əˌsɪz əm)

n. (sometimes l.c.)
1. a French idiom or expression used in another language.
2. a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.
[1650–60; < French]
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1. a French linguistic peculiarity.
2. a French idiom or expression used in another language. Also called Frenchism.
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Noun1.Gallicism - a word or phrase borrowed from French
loanword, loan - a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English
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[ˈgælɪsɪzəm] Ngalicismo m
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nGallizismus m
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References in classic literature ?
"Another forfeit for a Gallicism," said a Russian writer who was present.
For Gallicisms I won't be responsible," she remarked, turning to the author: "I have neither the money nor the time, like Prince Galitsyn, to engage a master to teach me Russian!"
All this was a brilliant monologue on the part of the duchess, who, like many of her country-women, was a person of an affirmative rather than an interrogative cast of mind, who made mots and put them herself into circulation, and who was apt to offer you a present of a convenient little opinion, neatly enveloped in the gilt paper of a happy Gallicism. Newman had come to her with a grievance, but he found himself in an atmosphere in which apparently no cognizance was taken of grievance; an atmosphere into which the chill of discomfort had never penetrated, and which seemed exclusively made up of mild, sweet, stale intellectual perfumes.
Regarding the form of the text, we still recognize Conrad--in Gallicism, irony ["Nothing could shake his fidelity to national prejudices of every sort" (17)], qualified statements ["as simple as a village maid--a glorified village maid" (148)], creative insults ["a miserable shrimp of a man" (22)--said about Napoleon], impressionistic descriptions ["A white meagre hand set in fine lace moved the candelabra on the table" (71)], and slightly satirical observations ["Signor Cantelucci, who snatching up the nearest candlestick began to ascend a broad stone staircase with an air of performing a solemn duty" (35)].
The square, as Krauss sees it, defines a kind of idealized space "within which to work out unbearable contradictions produced within the real field of history." This she calls, using the inevitable gallicism, "the site of Jameson's Political Unconscious" and then, in art, the optical unconscious, which consists of what Utopian Modernism had to kick downstairs, to repress, to "evacuate .
Although the dashes in James's sentence are of lesser consequence than the gallicism and the underlining in this particular instance, they still carry with them a sense of importance that exceeds that of a mere pause.(14) "Everywhere" is clarified: "--in all rooms and places he successively occupies"; but it is then complicated by "--going from one room to the other." The dashes in this passage allow both enhancement and disjuncture, but most importantly, they allow James to render an important ambiguity in meaning.
Orwell's Anglo-Saxon bias at times seems like a mild case of chauvinism (a useful gallicism).
The 'apibeursde touillou cited above is no longer English, but a delightful new gallicism that has integrated the foreign into a celebration of French as a living language, capable of growing to encompass the new.
Hence, the quality of je ne sais quoi, a gallicism used in conduct books to describe the indefinable charisma of a successful gentleman, becomes for Lamb the signature for all forms of indefinable attraction from St.
"Oh I don't like to reply to that question because I don't want to spit in my soup" (a charming Gallicism, one presumes).
Does it mean to suggest that it is a gallicism? Really?