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- n. A heraldic device; an impresa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A device. See impresa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A badge, cognizance, or device worn by a noble or his retainers; an impresa.
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Le cortesie, l'audaci imprese io canto "-- the northern Ariosto sang bravely the _arme_ and the _audaci imprese_; less confidently the _amori_ and the _cortesie_.
Yet, it is impossible to have a healthy macro economy without the micro economy powered by businesses ranging from large multinationals to the small enterprises of Germany's Mittelstand and Italy's piccole imprese.
Castiglione recounts: "Often 'devices' (imprese), as we now call them, were displayed; in discussing which there was wonderful diversion" (Book of the Courtier, 12).
Leondard Opdycke notes, "These devices [imprese] so much in vogue during the 16th century in Italy, were the 'inventions' which Giovio (ca. 1480) says 'the great lords and noble cavaliers of our time like to wear on their armour, caparisons and banners, to signify a part of their generous thoughts.' [fig. 4.16] They consisted of a figure or picture, and a motto nearly always in Latin" (Book of the Courtier, 329n40).
The ceiling coffers of the Urbino studiolo contain Montefeltro imprese and emblems of Federico's personal achievements, while at Gubbio they bear rosettes.
Casalini, Il Passatore: Le imprese brigantesche di Stefano Pelloni nella Romagna ottocentesca, Cesena, 1998.
Casalini, Il Passatore: Le imprese brigantesche di Stefano Pelloni nella Romagna ottocentesca, Cesena, 1998, p.
Gli uomini biasimano le grandi imprese quando non si sentono capaci di grandi successi Vauvenargues
And to call _Theseus_ backe from his begunne imprese and bold attempt, and to terrifie the Gyant _Typhon_, and to make the proudest and stoutest heart whatsoeuer to quaile and stoope.
Ariosto's programme, it was not the _arme_ and _audaci imprese_ which