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Monday, November 21, 2016

Definitions for duende

  1. Spanish. charm; magnetism.
  2. Spanish. a goblin; demon; spirit.

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Citations for duende
Daniel Calderón had the duende, the gift of enchantment. Caryl Férey, Mapuche, translated by Steven Randall, 2013
As for Luis Perez, he may be too small and chunky for princely roles, but for my money he's the most important man in the group, because of the way he ignites the stage. Perez has the quality the Spanish call duende. Tobi Tobias, "New Flames," New York, January 24, 1983
Origin of duende
Duende comes via French from the Old Spanish phrase duen de casa, dueño de casa "master of the house," originally, in the late 1600s, referring to a household deity, fairy, pixie, or imp. By the mid-1900s, it acquired the sense of impassioned, inspired artistry.