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Monday, July 03, 2017

Definitions for sotto voce

  1. in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.

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Citations for sotto voce
And they are superbly complemented by Claude Pieplu, as the amoral man of concentrated ambition whose utmost cruelties are uttered sotto voce--so as not to trouble a sleeping child. Judith Crist, "A Repast of Things Remembered," New York, May 27, 1974
The prelude was projected onto a piece of white fabric that looked like a bedsheet, and probably was one--arts budgets being what they were, as Gavin commented to Reynolds, sotto voce. Margaret Atwood, "Revenant," Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales, 2014
Origin of sotto voce
1730-1740
There is usually a pretty straight line from Latin to Italian. Italian sotto, meaning “under, below,” comes from the Latin adverb subtus “below, beneath.” Italian voce comes from Latin voc-, the stem of the noun vox “voice, sound.” The phrase entered English in the 18th century.
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