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Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Definitions for brio

  1. vigor; vivacity.

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Citations for brio
Lady Dalton was not her usual, cheery self, as she kissed and handed us down the line, and while all the usual forms were observed -- the ancient village church, the marquee on the lawn, the plates of unappetising nibbles, the rather good champagne -- none of it seemed to be celebrated with much brio. Julian Fellowes, Past Imperfect, 2008
As he puts the video away in his battered, teacher's briefcase, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso, with admirable brio, struggles not to reveal the displeasure provoked by the shop assistant's gratuitous sneer... José Saramago, The Double, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, 2004
Origin of brio
Brio entered English most directly from Italian in the early 1700s. Ultimately it derives from the Celtic word brīgos, which means "strength."
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