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Sfor·za

 (sfôrt′sə, sfôr′tsä)
Family of Milanese political leaders, including Francesco (1401-1466), a captain of mercenaries who ruled as duke of Milan (1450-1466). His son Ludovico (1452?-1508) was regent (1480-1494) and duke (1494-1499) of Milan and a patron of Leonardo da Vinci.

Sforza

(Italian ˈsfɔrtsa)
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1. (Biography) Count Carlo (ˈkarlo). 1873–1952, Italian statesman; leader of the anti-Fascist opposition
2. (Biography) Francesco (franˈtʃesko). 1401–66, duke of Milan (1450–66)
3. (Biography) his father Giacomuzzo (dʒakoˈmuttso) or Muzio (ˈmuttsjo), original name Attendolo. 1369–1424, Italian condottiere and founder of the dynasty that ruled Milan (1450–1535)
4. (Biography) Lodovico (lodoˈviːko), called the Moor. 1451– 1508, duke of Milan (1494–1500), but effective ruler from 1480; patron of Leonardo da Vinci
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