[sem-prey; Italian sem-pre]
Origin of sempre
1885–90; < Italian: always < Latin semper
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Examples from the Web for sempre
"Sempre mi," said Jacques, returning close to Theodore, and speaking the word in his ear.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
Honore de Balzac
Al molino, ed alla sposa / Sempre manca qualche cosa—A mill and a woman are always in want of something.
Sempre forte—a long passage to be played forte throughout its entirety.
Sempre lento malinconico assai—always slowly and in a very melancholy style.
Sempre il mal non vien per nuocere—Misfortune does not always result in harm.
- music (preceding a tempo or dynamic marking) always; consistently. It is used to indicate that a specified volume, tempo, etc, is to be sustained throughout a piece or passage
Italian: always, from Latin semper
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