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raison d'être

The fundamental reason for something or someone to exist; the sole or most important purpose for someone or something. From French, literally "reason for being." I know it's something of a cliché, but my children really are my raison d'être. We've always prized serious social commentary as our magazine's raison d'être.
See also: raison

his, your, etc. ˌraison ˈd’être

/%reIzQ~ "detr@; American English %reIzoUn/ (from French) the most important reason for somebody’s/something’s existence: Work seems to be her sole raison d’être.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘reason for being’.
See also: raison
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C'est une des raisons qui ont finalement fait changer d'avis a Alsa.
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La quatrieme qualite est la perseverance, car ceux qui se servent a bon escient de la raison ont saisi l'essence de la vie dans le monde ici-bas et compris que cette derniere est marquee par l'inconstance et que le fidele est en permanence mis a l'epreuve, alors que la cinquieme qualite consiste en l'accomplissement dans le devouement et le recueillement, de la priere en tant que lien entre le croyant et son createur.
RAISON D'ETRE: Speaking Esperanto, printing stamps, possibly tax evasion.
IT may not have received plaudits for its first series, but that didn't put Miranda Raison off signing up for BBC2's police comedy Vexed.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterated his resolve Saturday to enact legislation for a consumption tax hike by June, even though he faces difficulty in winning approval from his own party, saying his administration will otherwise lose its raison d'etre.
Simon Christopher Raison, 46, admitted producing cannabis and possessing herbal cannabis and cannabis resin when he appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
Raison is delighted to be playing the lead in a Globe Theatre production because, as a girl growing up in Norfolk, she dreamed of two things: acting on stage and winning Oscars.
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