Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An œstrus; a gadfly.
- n. Hence Any violent or irresistible impulse.
“What she strives for, she says, is "estro" - Italian for spark.”
“‘And how do you know that Emil will not have enemies, even if this “estro” is found in him?’”
“Frau Lenore remarked to him that he had, to be sure, possessed such an ‘estro’ — and yet ...”
“P. que dose aca en la tierra nu estro senõr Jesuchristo?”
“Your dear letter has brought me still nearer to you in the crisis of the estro poetico, which the "Hungaria" [One of Liszt's symphonic poems.] brought forth in me; and, thanks to this good influence, I hope you will not be dissatisfied with the composition.”
“To tell the truth, his arguments were somewhat feeble; he kept expatiating for the most part on the necessity, before all things, of possessing '_un certo estro d'inspirazione_' -- a certain force of inspiration!”
“In this light he may be said to bring to his subject not one mind, but several; he becomes not one poet, but many; for each actor in his drama has a share, and an important share, in the lyrical _estro_ to which he gives birth.”
“He was first giddy, as after a deep draught of kindling spirit; this passed off, but the spirit was still in his veins -- the _estro_ was working in his brain.”
“M. Savarin, wit, critic, and poet, with his pleasant, sensible wife; and a few others, who, the M.estro confided to me in a whisper, were authorities in the press.”
“The third Canto is in advance about one hundred stanzas; but the failure of the two first has weakened my _estro_, and it will neither be so good as the two former, nor completed, unless I get a little more _riscaldato_ in its behalf.”
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