morbidezza

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian morbidezza.

Noun[edit]

morbidezza (uncountable)

  1. Softness, smoothness; also in a negative sense, weakness, effeminacy.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.20:
      Yea, when we forge its image in hir excellencie, we deck it with epithets of sickish and dolorous qualities: languor, effeminacy, weaknesse, fainting and Morbidezza, a great testimony of their consanguinity and consubstantiality.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ludden to this entry?)
  2. (art) A naturalistic delicacy in flesh tones.

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

morbidezza f (plural morbidezze)

  1. softness, smoothness, tenderness, mellowness

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