Quasimodo

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[ kwah-suh-moh-doh, -zuh-moh- ]
/ ˌkwɑ səˈmoʊ doʊ, -zəˈmoʊ- /

noun

the ugly, humpbacked protagonist of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo.

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Origin of Quasimodo

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1840–50 (def. 1) < Late Latin, from the opening words of the introit antiphon for the Sunday: Quasi modo genitī infantēs … “As just born children …” (1 Pet. 2:2); 1830–35 (def. 2)

Definition for quasimodo (2 of 2)

Quasimodo2
[ kwah-suh-moh-doh, -zuh-moh-; Italian kwah-zee-maw-daw ]
/ ˌkwɑ səˈmoʊ doʊ, -zəˈmoʊ-; Italian ˌkwɑ ziˈmɔ dɔ /

noun

Sal·va·to·re [sahl-vah-taw-re] /ˌsɑl vɑˈtɔ rɛ/,1901–68, Italian poet: Nobel prize 1959.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasimodo

Quasimodo
/ (ˌkwɔːzɪˈməʊdəʊ) /

noun

another name for Low Sunday
a character in Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831), a grotesque hunch-backed bellringer of the cathedral of Notre Dame
(Italian kwaˈziːmodo) Salvatore (salvaˈtoːre). 1901–68, Italian poet, whose early work expresses symbolist ideas and techniques. His later work is more concerned with political and social issues: Nobel prize for literature 1959

Word Origin for Quasimodo

(sense 1) from the opening words of the Latin introit for that day, quasimodo geniti infantes as new-born babies
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