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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.
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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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While this is a useful explanation that appears to be consistent with the real world, it is not a raison detre for money.
Those numbers are not lost on Everypath, Inc.; indeed, they are the company's raison detre. Launched just two years ago, Everypath is an application service provider that makes the content on its clients' Web sites accessible through all types of wireless devices, no matter what technology standards they use.
Virtual reality,"technology's entire raison detre - that which sets it apart from other communications media - is that which makes its use a sensational rather than an intellectual event." She suggests that VR be seen as an "active agent in the molding of social values and the shaping of the cultural environment."
Consider this passage, for example, from "Collector's Item," a baggy forty-six-page essay whose raison detre I have yet to discern: "All of this leaves our author at the close of the twentieth century with a very bad taste in his mouth.
For the majority of this magazine's readers, frozen foods are, if not the raison detre of their professions, then a substantial element of them -- whether it be their development, production, packaging, transportation, storage or sale.
The Head of State urged the UN members not to forget that the raison detre of this Organization is to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.
Now, almost 60 years after the Bandung Conference, colonization has officially disappeared, the Cold War has ended, and the Non-Aligned Movement has almost lost its raison detre. Yet, similar systems of domination by the powerful in the world order persist, wars continue to threaten humanity, mass hunger, diseases and poverty still characterize many parts of the world, and injustice has appeared in more sophisticated forms and larger dimensions.
Youth aging from 15 to 40 years, are virtually a gold mine and precious asset which should be exploited properly to achieve raison detre of economic prosperity and fast economic development.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its sprawling empire, the strategic implications of nonalignment lost their raison detre. There was a second, and more lasting, consequence.
Themed around the iconic propertys original raison detre on electrical flux, we will be offering two sides of everything youve come to expect from The Local People.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said the Kashmir issue is the raison detre of the establishment of Pakistan Peoples Party and our party leadership is committed to continue moral, diplomatic and political support to this cause till the issue is resolved according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
As we hear from some quarters the calls for building a positive and unifying agenda for this Organisation, we would strongly insist that ensuring respect for the core principles and norms of the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris Charter is an impressively positive agenda that belongs to raison detre of the OSCE and forms a prerequisite for peace and security in Europe.
Daeshs whole ambition, its raison detre, is to create disunity, and bloodshed, and hate.