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basta

[bah-stuh]

What does basta mean?

Basta is an Italian and Spanish word meaning "Stop!" or "That's enough!"

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Where does basta come from?

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Basta is the imperative form of the Italian verb bastare, “to stop.” It’s a forceful way to command That’s enoughBoth the Spanish and Italian basta are based in Latin.

The term is evidenced in English as early as 1616, when Shakespeare used it in his Padua-set Taming of the Shrew: “Basta, content thee.”

Two hundred years later, basta came onto the stage again, this time during the 2016 presidential election. Speaking to Latino voters, Hillary Clinton told her opponent, Donald Trump, to basta in regard to harsh immigration policies.

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In 2018, attorney Michael Avenatti, representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Donald Trump, frequently hashtagged Twitter posts against Trump with #Basta.

Examples of basta

“I was the first one to call [Trump] out. When he was engaging in rhetoric that I found deeply offensive I said ‘basta,’” Clinton said to cheers and laughter from the bilingual crowd at Miami Dade College.
Hillary Clinton quoted by Greg Robb, Market Watch, March 2016
I use the attorney-client privilege. I know the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege is a friend of mine. And the attorney-client privilege is not dead. What is dead is using the privilege to hide illegal acts. And that has been dead for a long time. #basta
@MichaelAvenatti, April 2018
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Who uses basta?

Basta is used as an imperative and interjection. Exclaiming Basta! conveys you’re fed up with a person or situation and need it to stop. Enough already.

Be mindful that it can come across as sassy or rude, not unlike the English “Shut up!”

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Basta is proudly used by people of Spanish or Italian heritage.

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