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volte-face

 (vôlt-fäs′, vôl′tə-)
n.
A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.

[French, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face).]

volte-face

(ˈvɒltˈfɑːs)
n, pl volte-face
1. a reversal, as in opinion or policy
2. a change of position so as to look, lie, etc, in the opposite direction
[C19: from French, from Italian volta-faccia, from volta a turn + faccia face]

volte-face

(vɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas)

n.
a turnabout, esp. a reversal of opinion or policy.
[1810–20; < French < Italian voltafaccia=volta turn (see volt2) + faccia face]

volte-face

A French term meaning turn face, used to mean a reversal of opinion or policy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.volte-face - a major change in attitude or principle or point of viewvolte-face - a major change in attitude or principle or point of view; "an about-face on foreign policy"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
undoing - an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)
Translations

volte-face

[ˈvɒltˈfɑːs] Nviraje m, cambio m súbito de opinión

volte-face

[ˌvɒltˈfɑːs] n (= about-face) → volte-face f inv

volte-face

n (fig)Kehrtwendung f; to perform a volte-facesich um 180 Grad drehen

volte-face

[ˈvɒltˈfɑːs] nvoltafaccia m inv
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Orvell explores the lives and texts of this little studied aspect of the Reformation, considering such topics as a nursery of nicodemism: the circle of Reginald Pole in Italy, the volte-faces of Pietro Vanni, the confusions of Il Beneficio di Cristo, exploiting Francesco Spiera in Italy and England, radical texts for the queen of nicodemites, and mixed messages in Elizabethan England.