fait accompli

fait ac·com·pli
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fe ta-kawn-plee]
    • /fɛ ta kɔ̃ˈpli/
    • /ˈfeɪt ˌɑːˈk.ɑːm.pli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fe ta-kawn-plee]
    • /fɛ ta kɔ̃ˈpli/

Definitions of fait accompli words

  • noun plural fait accompli an accomplished fact; a thing already done: The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender. 1
  • noun fait accompli sth already accomplished 1
  • countable noun fait accompli If something is a fait accompli, it has already been decided or done and cannot be changed. 0
  • noun fait accompli something already done and beyond alteration 0
  • noun fait accompli something already done or in effect, making opposition or argument useless 0
  • noun fait accompli An accomplished fact, something that has already occurred; a (colloquial American) "done deal". 0

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Origin of fait accompli

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
First recorded in 1835-45

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Parts of speech for Fait accompli


fait accompli popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for fait accompli

noun fait accompli

  • certainty — Certainty is the state of being definite or of having no doubts at all about something.
  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • done deal — sth formally agreed
  • fact of life — any aspect of human existence that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable: Old age is a fact of life.

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