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 (kwä′zē-mō′dō), Salvatore 1901-1968.
Italian poet whose early nostalgic works contrast with his later socially concerned poetry. He won the 1959 Nobel Prize for literature.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another name for Low Sunday
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a character in Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831), a grotesque hunch-backed bellringer of the cathedral of Notre Dame
3. (Biography) Salvatore (salvaˈtoːre). 1901–68, Italian poet, whose early work expresses symbolist ideas and techniques. His later work is more concerned with political and social issues: Nobel prize for literature 1959
[(sense 1) from the opening words of the Latin introit for that day, quasimodo geniti infantes as new-born babies]


(ˌkwɑ səˈmoʊ doʊ, -zəˈmoʊ-)

Salvatore, 1901–68, Italian poet: Nobel prize 1959.
References in classic literature ?
Quasimodo, the object of the tumult, still stood on the threshold of the chapel, sombre and grave, and allowed them to admire him.
Quasimodo contented himself with taking him by the girdle, and hurling him ten paces off amid the crowd; all without uttering a word.
An old woman explained to Coppenole that Quasimodo was deaf.
I recognize him," exclaimed Jehan, who had, at last, descended from his capital, in order to see Quasimodo at closer quarters, "he's the bellringer of my brother, the archdeacon.
Quasimodo allowed them to array him in them without wincing, and with a sort of proud docility.
Set in 15th-century France, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" follows the deformed hunchback Quasimodo on his journey to find acceptance, love, and community.
I sent her this picture of her as Quasimodo that I edited," he recalled.
Abstract: Il contributo assume quale punto di partenza la prospettiva mediterranea di Salvatore Quasimodo, che fa della Sicilia e della Grecia gli spazi privilegiati della sua poesia.
I felt like Quasimodo and constantly shouted: "The bells.
Lewis, Salvatore Quasimodo, Jean Cocteau, Laura Riding, Albert Camus, and George Seferis.
At the entrance to Notre-Dame Cathedral, she meets Quasimodo and experiences great surprise at the fact that Hugo's character is a living person.
Published in 1831, the story is based in Paris during the reign of Louis XI (1461-1483), centered around the Notre Dame Cathedral, with Esmeralda and Quasimodo as the protagonists.