dolce far niente

[ dawl-che fahr nyen-te ]
/ ˈdɔl tʃɛ fɑr ˈnyɛn tɛ /

noun Italian.

pleasing inactivity.

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decorum

Origin of dolce far niente

literally, (it is) sweet to do nothing

Words nearby dolce far niente

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Example sentences from the Web for dolce far niente

  • Resolutely he kept his face set before him, allowing himself no backward glances into the dolce-far-niente land left behind.

    The Wall Between|Sara Ware Bassett

British Dictionary definitions for dolce far niente

dolce far niente
/ Italian (ˈdoltʃe far ˈnjɛnte) /

noun

pleasant idleness

Word Origin for dolce far niente

literally: sweet doing nothing
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