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


1. an Italian custom or style
2. Italian quality or life, or the cult of either
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(ɪˈtæl yəˌnɪz əm)

1. an Italian practice, trait, or idiom.
2. Italian quality or spirit.
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an Italian loanword in English, as chiaroscuro. Also Italicism.
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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.
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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.