salto mortale

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian salto (leap) + mortale (deadly).

Noun[edit]

salto mortale (uncountable)

  1. a dangerous and daring jump with possibly lethal outcome
  2. (figuratively) a risky, dangerous or crucial step or undertaking
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
      The frenzied, suggestible, gregarious, subconscious self, freed from all rational restraints, celebrated its delirious orgies, its corybantic bacchanalia, held its mad salto mortale over the grave of crucified humanity.

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