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sfumato

[ sfoo-mah-toh ]
/ sfuˈmɑ toʊ /
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noun Fine Arts.
the subtle and minute gradation of tone and color used to blur or veil the contours of a form in painting.
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Origin of sfumato

1840–50; <Italian, past participle of sfumare to gradate tone or color, equivalent to s-<Latin ex-ex-1 + fumare to smoke <Latin fumāre;see fume

Words nearby sfumato

sfm, SFO, Sforza, sforzando, SFr., sfumato, SFW, SFX, sfz, sg, SGA
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British Dictionary definitions for sfumato

sfumato
/ (sfuːˈmɑːtəʊ) /

noun
(in painting) a gradual transition between areas of different colour, avoiding sharp outlines

Word Origin for sfumato

from Italian, from sfumato shaded off, from sfumare to shade off, from Latin ex- 1 + fūmāre to smoke
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