clair-obscure

or clare-ob·scure

[ klair-uhb-skyoor ]
/ ˈklɛər əbˈskyʊər /

noun

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Origin of clair-obscure

1710–20; <French, translation of Italian chiaroscurochiaroscuro; see clear, obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for clair-obscure

clair-obscure
/ (ˌklɛərəbˈskjʊə) /

noun

another word for chiaroscuro

Word Origin for clair-obscure

C18: from French, literally: clear-obscure
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