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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Definitions for bravura

  1. a display of daring; brilliant performance.
  2. Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
  3. Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).

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Citations for bravura
"Nothing wins more loyalty for a leader than an air of bravura," the Duke said. "I, therefore, cultivate an air of bravura." Frank Herbert, Dune, 1965
The acting, though by no means homogeneous, has its share of bravura. John Simon, "False 'Messiah,' Fake 'Diamonds'," New York, January 7, 1985
Origin of bravura
1780-1790
The noun bravura is still unnaturalized in English. The word is obviously Italian, ultimately derived from the adjective bravo, which French borrowed from Italian as brave (English brave comes from French). Further etymology of bravo is unclear: some claim it to be from an assumed Vulgar Latin brabus (Latin barbarus) “barbarian” (Roman authors remarked on the impetuous bravery of Celtic and Germanic warriors). The Italian suffix -ura (-ure in French) comes from the Latin noun suffix -ūra. Bravura entered English in the 18th century.