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ritenuto

[ ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw ]
/ ˌri təˈnu toʊ; Italian ˌri tɛˈnu tɔ /
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adverb, adjective

(of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower.

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Origin of ritenuto

1820–30; <Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere;see retain
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British Dictionary definitions for ritenuto

ritenuto
/ (ˌrɪtəˈnuːtəʊ) /

adjective, adverb music

held back momentarily
another term for rallentando
Abbreviation: rit

Word Origin for ritenuto

C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back
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