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Italianism

[ih-tal-yuh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. an Italian practice, trait, or idiom.
  2. Italian quality or spirit.
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Origin of Italianism

First recorded in 1585–95; Italian + -ism
Related formsan·ti-I·tal·ian·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for italianism

Historical Examples

  • We see in this the first blow struck at the triumphant Italianism.

    Handel

    Romain Rolland

  • He was not suited to strive with Bononcini on the ground of Italianism.

    Handel

    Romain Rolland

  • And again the latter wrote: “You have two excellent points in that poem—originality and Italianism.”

  • Here, therefore, is to be found an even deeper fear of Italianism, and here still sterner methods are employed to stamp it out.

  • But it was its pure Italianism that prevented it from winning immediate success in Paris.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson


British Dictionary definitions for italianism

Italianism

Italicism (ɪˈtælɪˌsɪzəm)

noun
  1. an Italian custom or style
  2. Italian quality or life, or the cult of either
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