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Definition of the noun volte-face

What does volte-face mean as a name of something?


  1. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of volte-face: about-face / policy change / reversal
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific word: undoing = an act that makes a previous act of no effect


"Volte-face" a.k.a. "Face/Off" is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies who assume the physical appearances of each other. The film exemplifies Woo's signature gun fu and heroic bloodshed action sequences, and has Travolta and Cage each playing two personalities, making both actors the protagonists and antagonists at the same time. It was the first Hollywood film in which Woo was given complete creative control and was acclaimed by both audiences and critics. Eventually grossing $245 million worldwide, Face/Off was a financial success, and has since become a cult classic.


  1. "Volte-Face" is a composition.
  2. "Volte-face" is a musical album of Pierre Rapsat.
    • released on (17 years ago)


Volte-face is a total change of position, as in policy or opinion; an about-face.

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Google previewDictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (1950)

by Ph. D Newmark

volte-face. About face [F] volti. Turn over [It] voluntas. Volition; will; intention [L] Voluntas reputatur pro facto. The intention is to be taken for the deed [L] vomitoria. Exits of large ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

reversal, rotation, unsettle 9 about-face, deviation, oscillate, pirouette, rechannel, refashion, repudiate, reversion, sidetrack, translate, transpose, variation, volte-face 10 alteration, apostatize, change into, circumduct, deflection, double back, ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

volte-face. vocational adj. relating to a particular occupation and its skills or knowledge. vocationally adv. vocative /vok-uh-tiv/ n. Grammar the case used in addressing a person or thing. – origin Latin vocativus. vociferous /vuh-sif-uh- ruhss/ adj.

Google previewBibliophile's Dictionary (2005)

by Miles Westley

Lovecraffs The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories volte-face (VOLT FAHS, also VOL tuh FAHS) - n. a reversal of attitude, opinion or policy, 2. an about-face; physically turning to face the opposite direction.

Google previewNew Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford University Press

carse, Class, Coup de grâce, farce, glass, grass, Grasse, impasse, Kars, kick- ass, kvass, Laplace, Maas, Madras, outclass, pass, sparse, stained glass, surpass, upper Class, volte-face . badass .lardass .sandglass . eyeglass, spyglass . wine ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

volte-face, backing out, backing aboveboard absolution down, recantation, shift , turnabout, switch. aboveboard adj. honest,

Google previewAn English Pronouncing Dictionary (2002)

by Daniel Jones, Beverley Collins, Inger M. Mees

voltameter, -s vol't<emito*, -z volte Volti volte-face Voltfœs [Voltifa:s] volubility 4volju'hiliti volubjle, -ly, -leness Voljub|l, -li, -Inis volume, -s Voljum [ lju( 0m, ...

Google previewThe Royal Dictionary Abridged (1802)

by Abel Boyer

volte-face, f.' ou l'action de faire volte-face. To wheeze, v. n harler comme une personne enrouée. Whéézing, s manière de parler comme une stersonne enrouée, voix rauque ou enrouée. Whelp, s. un petit chien de lait ...

Google previewColour Oxford English Dictionary (2011)

by Oxford Dictionaries,

vixen | volte-face voice-over a piece of speech in a film or broadcast that is spoken by a person who is not seen on the screen. 2voiceless adjective. voicemail noun an electronic system which can store messages from ...

Google previewWebster's II New College Dictionary (1999)

by Houghton Mifflin Company, Webster

volte-face volt- fas', ...

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Video shows what volte-face means. a reversal of policy, attitude or principle. volte-face synonyms: about-face, U-turn. Volte-face Meaning. How to pronounce ...

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