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raison-d'etre

Raison d'être

Raison d'être is a phrase borrowed from French where it means simply "reason for being"; in English use it also comes to suggest a degree of rationalization, as "The claimed reason for the existence of something or someone". It may also refer to:

  • Raison d'être (band), a Swedish dark ambient band
  • Raison D'etre, an album by Australian jazz fusion guitarist Frank Gambale
  • "Raison d'etre", a song by Japanese rock band Dir en grey
  • "Raison d'etre", a song by Japanese rock band Nightmare used as opening theme of Claymore
  • "Raison d'etre", a song by Japanese rock band deadman
  • "Raison d'etre", a song by Japanese Electronic/rock band Denki shiki hana aware ongaku shuudan (also known as Denkare)
  • "Raison d'être", a song used as the ending theme of Chobits by Japanese artist and voice actress Rie Tanaka
  • "Raison d'etre", a song by British rock band Buzzcocks
  • Raison d'être, a central theme in the Japanese anime series Ergo Proxy and Code Geass
  • Raison d'être, an American Ale brewed by Dogfish Head
  • Raison d'être, an album released in 2000 by Czech post-hardcore band Lvmen

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