raison d'etre

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rai·son d'ê·tre

 (rā′zōn dĕt′rə, rĕ-zôN)
n. pl. rai·sons d'être (rā′zōn, rĕ-zôN)
Reason or justification for existing.

[French : raison, reason + de, of, for + être, to be.]

raison d'être

(rɛzɔ̃ dɛtrə)
n, pl raisons d'être (rɛzɔ̃ dɛtrə)
reason or justification for existence

raison d'être

A French phrase meaning reason for being, used to mean a reason or justification for the existence of something or someone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raison d'etre - reason for being
rationalization, rationalisation - the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
2.raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
function, purpose, use, role - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
Translations

raison d'être

[ˈreɪzɔːnˈdɛːtr] Nrazón f de ser

raison d'être

[ˌreɪz#xf5;ːnˈdeɪtr] nragione f di vita
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A party which has made worshiping dynasty its raison de etre will find it hard to let the Gandhis go.
To my mind these ideas have been among the raison de etre of SCUTREA conferences and adult education more broadly.
Naek has said that the Committee system is of paramount importance in a democracy as it not only holds the key to effective parliamentary oversight but also fine-tunes the legislative work of the parliament, which is its raison de etre. The Chairman Senate was informally interacting with the newly elected Chairmen / Chairpersons of the various Senate Committees at a luncheon meeting at the Parliament House here this afternoon.