raison d’être

   (ray-sonh DEH-treu) [French] Reason for being; the purpose or justification for the existence of something.
   Although the hotels have done a brilliant job of creating a smorgasbord of entertainment, the city’s raison d’être is never to be ignored —The New York Times, February 15, 1998.

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