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affettuoso

[uh-fech-oo-oh-soh; Italian ahf-fet-twaw-zaw]Music.
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adjective, adverb
  1. with affection and tenderness (a musical direction).
noun, plural af·fet·tuo·sos.
  1. a composition or movement of gentle, tender character.

Origin of affettuoso

1715–25; < Italian: affecting, moving < Latin affectuōsus, equivalent to affectu(s) affect1 + -ōsus -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for affettuoso

affettuoso

adjective, adverb
  1. music with feeling

Word Origin

C18: from Italian
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