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échec

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
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French

Etymology

From an earlier eschec from Arabic

Pronunciation

Interjection

échec !

  1. check!

Noun

échec m. (plural échecs)

  1. failure
  2. check (poisition in chess where the king is directly threatened)

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