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noun, plural pen·ti·men·ti [pen-tuh-men-tee] /ˌpɛn təˈmɛn ti/. Painting.
  1. the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.
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Origin of pentimento

1900–05; < Italian, equivalent to penti(re) to repent (< Latin paenitēre to regret) + -mento -ment
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Historical Examples

  • Another piece belonging to this period is the Pentimento amoroso by Luigi Groto, which was printed as early as 1575.

    Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama

    Walter W. Greg

British Dictionary definitions for pentimento


noun plural -ti (-tiː)
  1. the revealing of a painting or part of a painting that has been covered over by a later painting
  2. the part of a painting thus revealed
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Word Origin

C20: Italian, literally: correction
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