from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Softness, smoothness; also in a negative sense, weakness, effeminacy.
- n. A naturalistic delicacy in flesh tones.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Delicacy or softness in the representation of flesh.
- n. A term used as a direction in execution, signifying, with extreme delicacy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That quality of flesh-painting which simulates the suppleness, elastic firmness, and soft delicacy of natural flesh.
We happened to dine at a lady's house, a league from Machecoul, where Mademoiselle de Retz, looking in the glass at an assembly of ladies, displayed all those tender, lively, moving airs which the Italians call 'morbidezza', or the lover's languish.
Was love ever painted with more truth and 'morbidezza' than in the ninth book?
'morbidezza': a great testimony of their consanguinity and consubstantiality.
Was love ever painted with more truth and morbidezza than in the ninth book?
I think, a good one, and RAPHAEL HARTE has drawn the outlines admirably; nothing is now wanting but the coloring of Titian, and the Graces, the morbidezza of Guido; but that is a great deal.
In ageing morbidezza, the character of their race.
The analytical morbidezza, without which the modern generation finds it hard to imagine an author, is foreign to him.
I think it was a certain tone, depending upon the possibility of sorrow, -- _morbidezza_, perhaps.
The twenty-four preludes Opus 11, for instance, are full of Chopinesque turns, of Chopinesque morbidezza, of Chopinesque melodies.
Environed thus, and with a peculiarly Italian morbidezza, or plasticity we find Machiavelli.
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