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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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The main theme is Italianism, the cultural-literary phenomenon which was important in Europe in the fifteenth century.
If Said calls Orientalism "a Western style of dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient," we can parallel it with a kind of Italianism that serves the same purpose.
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 in other media Jacquet showed clear interest in the latest styles imported from Italy--by 1695, for instance, she was already writing trio sonatas, an exotic genre for most French composers--in the realm of opera, she and her librettist avoided any hint of Italianism and, in a manner typical of French opera at this time, pervasively imitated the stylistic conventions of Lully and his librettist Philippe Quinault.
Thus John Crowe Ransom referred to Benedetto Croce's having inspired a "powerful revival of Italianism .
Cymbeline activates an English discourse of Italianism in act 1, scene 4, which takes place in contemporary Italy; significantly, the play sustains rather than counters this discourse in act 1, scene 5, when the action returns to Britain and the queen hatches her plan to poison Imogen.
Nevertheless, Italian did not become its national language (Delacroix and Carroll 1983), which remained firmly Spanish (with a small number of charming Italianisms thrown in).
The chapter on Boris Godunov shows how the new wave of Italianisms that appeared after his election to the throne in 1598 were a deliberate attempt to unite traditional Muscovite forms with ornamental motifs and other elements from the classical orders.
faxare) but who nevertheless accept with equanimity, if not enthusiasm, the invasion of Italianisms into other languages, e.
Most French critics irked Saint-Saens by condemning his manner as too impossibly Germanic for words, simply because it avoided aping the conspicuous Italianisms of Rossini and Verdi.