cause célèbre

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cause célèbre

1. A controversy that causes public debate. The town's polluted drinking water became a national cause célêbre when it was discovered that the local leaders had allowed it to happen.
2. A legal case that is famous or celebrated. The trial became a cause célêbre for those who felt the defendant was victimized by the legal system.
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Parmi les premiers travaux consacrés aux couleurs, nous avons déjà cité le célèbre Basic color terms de Berlin et Kay (1969), oø les auteurs discutaient le relativisme linguistique en examinant le nombre de couleurs possédant un nom spécifique dans des langues diverses.