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"déclenché": what does this word mean?

I was reading about Jean Giono being inspired to write after reading a book by Kipling.

Here is the context:

Giono says:  C'est cette simple phrase qui a tout délenché.  J'ai senti avec certitude que j'étais capable d'écrire moi aussi.

I can't quess at the meaning and I have tried looking it up in the infinitive form (délencher) and also tried it without the prefix (lencher).

It's now getting to be a bit of a challenge to find out .......

Thank you in advance.

Edit:  pardon, can't now alter the title line but the word is délenché  

 


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

I would say it was a typo, must be declenche, that would make sense.

 


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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

 sweet 17 wrote:
Giono says:  C'est cette simple phrase qui a tout déclenché.  J'ai senti avec certitude que j'étais capable d'écrire moi aussi.

originally, the verb déclencher means to unlock by use of a mechanical device.

In this context, it means the sentence determined/caused/ the feeling:

.... sentence that started it all. I felt with complete certainty that I, too, could be a writer.

synonyms: http://www.larousse.com/en/dictionaries/french/declencher/22237/synonym


Edit: yes, a typo, as clearly explained by the context you gave.

Clair
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

"set off", "caused"?
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

Thank you, idun and Clair.

The word was wrong in the book..................gggrrrggghhhh!

Happens all the time in English books as well; just that I have no problem deconstructing the sense in English!

Thanks again; can now happily go back to reading Big Smile [:D]

 


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

And, thank you, Wooly.

I can normally guess at the sense but obviously if they haven't even spelt the word right.....Cry Out [:'(]


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

To be fair, I did not even notice the spelling mistake and so was not put off by it at all.
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

Le fait de voir mon ex-belle mère a déclenché une crise?
Too thick for a PhD!
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