from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An œstrus; a gadfly.
  • n. Hence Any violent or irresistible impulse.


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  • 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?’

    The Torrents of Spring

  • Frau Lenore remarked to him that he had, to be sure, possessed such an ‘estro’ — and yet ...

    The Torrents of Spring

  • P. que dose aca en la tierra nu estro senõr Jesuchristo?

    Doctrina Christiana The first book printed in the Philippines, Manila, 1593.

  • 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!

    The Torrents of Spring

  • 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 Parisians — Volume 01

  • 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.

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals


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