sotto voce


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sot·to vo·ce

 (sŏt′ō vō′chē, sōt′tō vō′chĕ)
adv. & adj.
1. In soft tones, so as not to be overheard; in an undertone: "There were aspersions cast, sotto voce, but knees quickly folded into curtsies when introductions were in order" (Barbara Lazear Ascher).
2. Music In very soft tones. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian : sotto, under + voce, voice.]

sotto voce

(ˈsɒtəʊ ˈvəʊtʃɪ)
adv
(Classical Music) in an undertone
[C18: from Italian: under (one's) voice]

sot•to vo•ce

(ˈsɒt oʊ ˈvoʊ tʃi; It. ˈsɔt tɔ ˈvɔ tʃɛ)
adv.
in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.
[1730–40; < Italian: literally, under (the) voice]

sotto voce

1. An Italian phrase meaning below the voice, used to mean in an undertone, or something said in an undertone.
2. in a low voice
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.sotto voce - in an undertone; "he uttered a curse sotto voce"
Translations

sotto voce

[ˈsɒtəʊˈvəʊtʃɪ] ADVen voz baja

sotto voce

advleise; (= conspiratorially)mit unterdrückter Stimme; (Mus) → sotto voce
References in classic literature ?
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a 'good-morning,' but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
Poyser would probably have brought her rejoinder to a further climax, if every one's attention had not at this moment been called to the other end of the table, where the lyricism, which had at first only manifested itself by David's sotto voce performance of "My love's a rose without a thorn," had gradually assumed a rather deafening and complex character.
Seating myself near the window, a little back from the circle, I called Arthur to me, and he and I and Sancho amused ourselves very pleasantly together, while the two young ladies baited his mother with small talk, and Fergus sat opposite with his legs crossed and his hands in his breeches-pockets, leaning back in his chair, and staring now up at the ceiling, now straight forward at his hostess (in a manner that made me strongly inclined to kick him out of the room), now whistling sotto voce to himself a snatch of a favourite air, now interrupting the conversation, or filling up a pause (as the case might be) with some most impertinent question or remark.
He replaces them all by faint sensations, and especially by pronunciation of words sotto voce.
He stalked out into the verandah, put his hands in his pockets, and resumed the Recitativo of Moses, sotto voce, in the garden.
The sotto voce of Paolo Cognetti's first-person narrator, Pietro Guasti, a rootless documentary filmmaker, imbues his tripartite history with nostalgia--the bittersweet pain of homesickness that can bring insight.
His first words were sotto voce and a rather funereal admission that Orient were wobbling uncertainly in the second division of the Football League.
And watching the so-called internal battle on this issue play out between determined antagonists on the one side and diffident, sotto voce defenders on the other was downright depressing.
There are sotto voce wisecracks, escalating slapstick and amusingly self-aware qualifiers: "I don't want to use this phrase because it's offensive to our kind, but you are a bad dog ".
Of course now everybody seems to talk about everything and you wish for those sotto voce days.
Quatrieme film du realisateur, [beaucoup moins que] Chacun sa vie [beaucoup plus grand que] a concouru aux cotes de sept autres films dont [beaucoup moins que] Fievre [beaucoup plus grand que], [beaucoup moins que] Sotto Voce [beaucoup plus grand que] et [beaucoup moins que] Aida [beaucoup plus grand que] (Maroc) et [beaucoup moins que] Boarding [beaucoup plus grand que] (Syrie).
While it is written a little tongue in cheek, with speaking dogs, it is also filled with sotto voce questions to kids so that they participate in the reading," he said.