American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music Brilliant technique or style in performance.
- n. Music A piece or passage that emphasizes a performer's virtuosity.
- n. A showy manner or display.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or being a brilliant performance technique or style.
- adj. Showy; ostentatious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a florid air, requiring great force and spirit in the performer, and serving to display his or her power, flexibility of voice, and distinctness of articulation.
- In music, spirited; florid; brilliant: as, a bravura air: chiefly applied to vocal compositions, but occasionally to instrumetnal.
- n. In painting, vigorous, brilliant treatment in both color and technique.
- n. music a highly technical or difficult piece, usually written for effect
- n. a display of daring
- adj. overly showy; ostentatious
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A florid, brilliant style of music, written for effect, to show the range and flexibility of a singer's voice, or the technical force and skill of a performer;
- n. brilliant and showy technical skill
- Italian bravura ("skill"), from bravo ("good, skilful"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from bravo, excellent; see brave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you read aloud his best passages, which are written in what he calls his bravura style, you have a near approach to the music of the organ.”
“The Observations is an astonishing imaginative feat, brilliantly written in bravura, bawdy style ...”
“On the roof of an opposite house are two cats, performing what an amateur of music might perhaps call a bravura duet; near them appears”
“Rarely does a short film display the kind of bravura visual imagination found in “Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl”.”
“The kind of bravura, firecracker performance that weary lobby correspondents had thought had long since been consigned to the romance of history.”
“In everything that Mr. Smith attempts, in all his "bravura" passages, serious or comic, one is always shocked by some affectation or absurdity; something in direct defiance of all those principles which have been established by the authority of the best critics, and the example of the best writers: indeed, bad taste seems to be Mr. Smith's evil genius, both as to sentiment and expression.”
“As a soldier, he exhibited a level of bravery and bravura generally reserved for war movies and folklore.”
“She is looking forward to the ceremony, when she plans to raise the bar for awards winners everywhere with a bravura performance of wheezing - culminating in her giving her acceptance speech from the back of an ambulance while on a ventilator.”
“The actors complement each other perfectly rather than provide a contest and Boyle's production is a bravura triumph in which Mark Tildesley's design provides a whole series of visual coups.”
“Time travel, ghosts, Albert Einstein's daughter, ancient conspiracies, a blind assassin, a Mossad agent who will die if he hears the telephone ring: With his customary bravura and skill, Tim Powers fashions a coherent and exciting story out of a strange assortment of materials.”
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