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1. An Italian idiom or custom.
2. A quality characteristic of Italy or its people.


(ɪˈtæljəˌnɪzəm) or


1. an Italian custom or style
2. Italian quality or life, or the cult of either


(ɪˈtæl yəˌnɪz əm)

1. an Italian practice, trait, or idiom.
2. Italian quality or spirit.


an Italian loanword in English, as chiaroscuro. Also Italicism.
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7) Many courtiers, however, quickly embraced the growing Italianism and affected a language heavily characterized by both Italian words and French words recomposed so as to incorporate fragments of Italian.
With the pastoral lament as a generic ground zero in the French tradition, the pronounced regional rusticity of Marotic Gallicism butts up quite tellingly against the subdued urbane and maritime Italianism of Scevian Neoplatonism, revealing both innovation/invention in Marot's translatio as well as early manifestations of Sceve's distinctive poetic voice.
Placing Montaigne's Italianism in the context of the virulent anti-Italian polemics in France in the 1570s and 1580s, the paper argues that the strategic choice of Tasso as an emblem for Italy points to a conflicted, deeply ambivalent perspective on Franco-Italian relations in the early modern period.
Another self-commiserating Italianism repeated several times for comic purposes is "Noi italialiani siamo cosi buoni [We Italians are so good-natured]" (e.
The main theme is Italianism, the cultural-literary phenomenon which was important in Europe in the fifteenth century.
Cesate Vasoli illustrates how the papacy's domination of Italy, and the repressive measures of the Counter-Reformation sparked an ambiguous sentiment of Italianism in Machiavelli and Scipione Ammirato.
We find a certain Italianism outside his sacred music in Rusalka: some prominent vocal parts and most strikingly the heroine aria Mesicku na nebi hlubokem [Moon in the Deep Sky], including stylisation and the instrumentation of the orchestral accompaniment, have affinities with the contemporary idiom of Italian verism.
We might also venture to measure the patent Italianism of the musical works assembled here as a musical manifestation of the Italian pilgrimage envisaged by the dedicatory preface.
Though much of the book focuses on the paradoxes of nineteenth-century English Italianism, however, Reynolds's central theme is the role of Victorian poets in creating 'an ideal of national unity, in which individuals would be utterly fulfilled', and whose intrinsic unattainableness only served to heighten its imaginative power (p.
But while sixteenth-century Italianism for Estienne is a courtly affectation to be mocked, Etiemble sees the threat from English in terms of a deliberate attempt by a hostile and dominant foreign power to undermine French linguistic and cultural identity, requiring the intervention of the state to protect a national language ill-equipped to defend itself.
Thus John Crowe Ransom referred to Benedetto Croce's having inspired a "powerful revival of Italianism .
The session on theory and analysis had much to offer, particularly the paper by Anna Cazurra on the controversy between Josep Duran and Jaume Casellas, with reference to Italianism in Spanish music.