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[mawr-bi-det-suh; Italian mawr-bee-det-tsah]
noun Fine Arts.
  1. the effect of extreme softness and delicacy in pictorial and sculptural representations.
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Origin of morbidezza

1615–25; < Italian, equivalent to morbid(o) delicate (see morbid) + -ezza -ice
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Historical Examples

  • He can't persuade us, Lady Auriol, that he is afflicted with the morbidezza of 1830.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

  • Morbidezza, mor-bi-det′za, n. that quality of flesh-painting which gives the impression of life.

  • Her light drapery is raised by the breeze, and discovers the beautiful form and morbidezza of her limbs.

  • She was tall, and her lovely arms showed through the black gauze of her dress with an exquisite roundness and morbidezza.

    Suburban Sketches

    William Dean Howells

  • They blend the morbidezza of the senses with a rare feeling for natural and artistic beauty.