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[soo-bi-toh; Italian soo-bee-taw]
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  1. (as a musical direction) suddenly; abruptly: subito pianissimo.
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Origin of subito

1715–25; < Italian < Latin subitō orig., ablative singular neuter of subitus sudden, equivalent to sub- sub- + -i- (base of īre to go) + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for subito

unusual, rapid, unforeseen, precipitous, hasty, abrupt, immediate, quick, swift, suddenly, swiftly, nimbly, speedily, quickly, prematurely, carelessly, promptly, hurriedly, acute, expeditious

Examples from the Web for subito

Historical Examples of subito

  • Omnia subito is not its device, but that of the Gnostic heresy.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

  • Subito morientur, et in media nocte turbabuntur populi, et auferent violentum absque manu.

    The Dance of Death

    Francis Douce

  • Tunc subito, nulla prcedente significatione, prorsus exui nudarique se omni gaudio sentiret.

  • In qua, subito a lictoribus quos regina non procul absconderat, rex innocens suffocatus expirauit.


    R. W. Chambers

  • Cuius subito adventu repressus Hannibal receptui cecinit, palam confessus ab se Minucium, se a Fabio victum esse.

    Selections from Viri Romae

    Charles Franois L'Homond

British Dictionary definitions for subito


  1. music (preceding or following a dynamic marking, etc) suddenly; immediatelyAbbreviation: sub
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Word Origin for subito

C18: via Italian from Latin: suddenly, from subitus sudden, from subīre to approach, from sub- (indicating stealth) + īre to go
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