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  1. raison d'être

    • IPA[ˌreɪzɒ̃ ˈdɛtr(ə)]

    英式

    • n.
      the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence
    • noun: raison d'être, plural noun: raisons d'être

    • 釋義

    名詞

    • 1. the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence seeking to shock is the catwalk's raison d'être
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    • IPA[ˌrāzôn ˈdetrə]

    美式

    • n.
      the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence: an institution whose raison d'être is public service broadcasting

    Oxford American Dictionary