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vive la différence

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French, literally “long live the difference”, from vive (long live) + la (the) + différence (difference, diversity).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌvivə lɑ ˌdɪfəˈɹɑns/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌviːv lɑː ˌdɪfəˈɹɒns/

PhraseEdit

vive la différence

  1. (often humorous) Used to express appreciation of diversity, especially between the sexes; sometimes referring to cultural diversity, and more rarely to diversity of opinion, as in "let's agree to disagree".
    • 2001 November 1, Sandra Díaz; Marcelo Cabido, “Vive la différence: plant functional diversity matters to ecosystem processes”, in Trends in Ecology & Evolution[1], volume 16, number 11, pages 646–655:

Usage notesEdit

  • (Discuss(+) this sense) Often used as a humorous exclamation (e.g., by a man appreciating an attractive woman).

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FrenchEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /viv la di.fe.ʁɑ̃s/

PhraseEdit

vive la différence

  1. vive la différence, long live the difference (used to express appreciation of diversity)