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The word is related to the Italian “sprezzante,” meaning contemptuous or scornful, used here in the sense of disdaining effort.
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Prolagus commented on the word sprezzante
Unlike what many people would think based on the English translation, the word usually has a positive meaning, being used almost only in the phrase "sprezzante del pericolo" (lit. scornful of danger) equivalent to "laughing in the face of danger".
February 10, 2008