cause célèbre [ kawz suh-leb-ruh, -leb; French kohz sey-leb-ruh ]
noun, plural causes cé·lè·bres [kawz suh-leb-ruhz, suh-lebz, kaw-ziz suh-leb-ruh, -leb; French kohz sey-leb-ruh].
1. any controversy that attracts great public attention, as a celebrated legal case or trial.
WORDS RELATED TO CAUSE CÉLÈBRE
bone of contention, controversy, debate, scandal, moot point, hot potato, political football
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Origin: 1755–65; < French: literally, famous case
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR CAUSE CÉLÈBRE
But Cosby Truthers are applying their principles to the wrong cause.
PHYLICIA RASHAD AND THE CULT OF COSBY TRUTHERS|STEREO WILLIAMS|JANUARY 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So we know that boring down to the bedrock and pumping it full of fluid can cause earthquakes.
26 EARTHQUAKES LATER, FRACKING’S SMOKING GUN IS IN TEXAS|JAMES JOINER|JANUARY 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.
ANNOYING AIRPORT DELAYS MIGHT PREVENT YOU FROM BECOMING THE NEXT AIRASIA 8501|CLIVE IRVING|JANUARY 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If Dudesmash were to be something we continued doing, this would be an important year to do it, ‘cause we didn’t do one last year.
DEER TICK'S JOHN MCCAULEY ON TEN YEARS IN ROCK AND ROLL|JAMES JOINER|JANUARY 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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