American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Appropriate even if untrue; happily invented: a story that is ben trovato.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Well feigned; well invented: a part of a familiar Italian saying, Se non è vero, è ben trovato (If it is not true, it is well imagined), sometimes introduced, in various relations, in English.
- Italian, from the saying se è non vero, è ben trovato, (even) if it is not true, it is well invented : ben, well + trovato, past participle of trovare, to find, invent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Set a thief to catch a thief,' as one of my, what may be called, unfriendly critics has written about me, and the remark was ben trovato at all events, for I certainly did know something about blockade-running.”
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