Vocabulary: élan

Title: Carnage and Cultrue
Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Sentence: The Roman republican army was not merely a machine. Its real strength lay in the natural élan of the tough yeoman infantry of Italy, the hard-nosed rustics who voted in the local assemblies of the towns and demes of Italy and were every bit as ferocious as the more threatening-looking and larger Europeans to the north.
Page: 118

Word: élan
  • spirited self-assurance; verve; dash; enthusiasm
   Source: YourDictionary.com

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