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[ih-tal-yuh-niz-uh m] /ɪˈtæl yəˌnɪz əm/
an Italian practice, trait, or idiom.
Italian quality or spirit.
Origin of Italianism
First recorded in 1585-95; Italian + -ism
Related forms
anti-Italianism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was not suited to strive with Bononcini on the ground of Italianism.

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

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

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

  • All that was essentially Spanish was for the time forgotten, submerged in an imported Italianism.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • And again the latter wrote: “You have two excellent points in that poem—originality and Italianism.”

British Dictionary definitions for Italianism


an Italian custom or style
Italian quality or life, or the cult of either
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