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bravura

[ bruh-vyoor-uh, -voor-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah ]
/ brəˈvyʊər ə, -ˈvʊər ə; Italian brɑˈvu rɑ /
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noun, plural bra·vu·ras, Italian bra·vu·re [brah-voo-re]. /brɑˈvu rɛ/.

Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
a display of daring; brilliant performance.

adjective

Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).

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Origin of bravura

First recorded in 1780–90; from Italian: literally, “spirit, dash”; see brave, -ure

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bravura

bravery, bravado, bravura
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bravura
/ (brəˈvjʊərə, -ˈvʊərə) /

noun

a display of boldness or daring
music
  1. brilliance of execution
  2. (as modifier)a bravura passage

Word Origin for bravura

C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado
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