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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.
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In a later avatar, Polyphemus grows love-sick and has a liaison with Galatea, while remaining painfully conscious of his unappetizing mien (the Quasimodo complex, we might say).