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A dramatic change in mood or tone, commonly in poetry.
French from Italian voltafaccia volta (from voltare to turn vault2) faccia face (from Vulgar Latin facia face)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From the Latin meaning literally about face.
Borrowing from French
Its acquisition was a significant one, representing a volte-face in the Library's attitude to ephemeral materials.
Still, it did not take long before this buyer made a complete volte-face.
Then, in a complete volte-face, a referendum was conceded.
Leo X., Julius II.s successor, by an astute volte-face exchanged Parma and the Concordat for a guarantee of all the Churchs possessiOns, which meant the defeat of French plans (1515).
Does this volte-face represent the end of the dreams spun around the Web?
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