from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, in Spain and Portugal, a land-tax or contribution to a common expense or tribute to the king, levied on every subject in time of special emergency. The Sephardim (Spanish Jews) still apply the term to their fixed contributions for the synagogue.


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  • And in Barbados, women by the end of the century paid the finta, the annual assessment imposed on all members of the Jewish community, setting the stage for efforts by female rate payers in the early nineteenth century to obtain a voice in communal governance.

    Colonial Period in the United States.

  • Ma è tutto finto davvero, o è tutto vero… per finta?

    No Fat Clips!!! : Phantom Planet – Big Brat

  • Il tizio che balla è proprio Spike Jonze stesso, che figura “nel film con lo pseudonimo di Richard Koufey, insieme ad una finta troupe di danza chiamata Torrance Community Dance Group.”

    No Fat Clips!!! : FATBOY SLIM – Praise You

  • In a short time, with assiduous labour, he had produced no fewer than five hundred and fifty-eight pages of music, and 'La finta Semplice,' as the opera was called, was ready for rehearsal.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians

  • Notwithstanding the fame which had now gathered about Mozart, whose latest opera, 'La finta Giardiniera,' had been produced in Munich, at the carnival of 1775, with the greatest success, the Archbishop persistently refused to recognise his genius, or to grant any facilities for enabling his dependents to better their condition of life.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians

  • (_Clupea alosa_ and _C. finta_), ascend one or two British and several continental rivers in the spring.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • Even when, by happening to be in Vienna shortly after 'La finta Giardiniera' had taken the Viennese by storm, he had been made the unwilling recipient of congratulations at the hands of the nobility upon the possession of so gifted a composer, he had contrived to evade an admission of Mozart's genius by protesting, with a sardonic smile and outspread hands, that he knew nothing about such matters.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians

  • Old Archbishop Sigismund, too, was forward in showing his sympathy with Wolfgang on his return to Salzburg; for with a kindness which was unexpected even at the hands of one who had already proved himself to be a true friend, he gave orders that 'La finta Semplice' should be performed in his palace.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians

  • Last year, at Monaco, in Bavaria, I wrote an opera buffa ( "La finta Giardiniera") for the Carnival.

    The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • He said to me, "I hear you wrote an opera at Munich" [ "La finta Giardiniera"]?

    The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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