claire-obscure love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See chiaroscuro.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French clair-obscur, translation of Italian chiaroscuro.

Examples

  • "Love—the claire-obscure arabesque of the Nabokovian universe."

    The Trouble With Ardor

  • The room was beautiful in this light, shadow-banded, all lines and gaps, claire-obscure, and she walked over to him, untrusting of course, and motioned for him to sit back on his haunches.

    Underworld

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