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  • n. The property of being melodious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality, in a sound or in music, of being pleasing to the ear; the character of having a flowing and beautiful melody.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of having a melody


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  • That fine melodiousness, which is one of Spenser's signal characteristics, may be perceived in his

    A Biography of Edmund Spenser

  • This was an instrument that could sing, and as composer Ferruccio Busoni declared of Mozart's music, an "uninterrupted melodiousness…shimmers through his compositions like the lovely forms of a woman through the folds of a thin dress."

    New Work, New Instrument

  • In setting a libretto based on Friedrich Schiller's drama about Switzerland's 14th-century freedom-fighter, Rossini eschewed elaborate vocal ornamentation for expansive melodiousness.

    The Splendid Start to a Farewell to Opera

  • In three pieces by Lauro, Perez underscored the slightly Viennese lilt of the "Vals Venezolano," caressed the "Romanza" with pure poetry speaking of ancient modal melodiousness, and raced through the "Pasaje Aragueno," missing none of its Spanish fandango undercurrents.

    Performing arts: Nejla Yatkin, Kris Kristofferson, Carlos Perez

  • Their music began to lose some of its childlike melodiousness and drive harder.


  • She attempted to fuse modern art and poetry in a new style that she termed “white words,” striving, as she put it, to create a new lyric poetry of the urban condition: a poetry of cool stasis and of geometric ornamentation with a rhythm of repetition that can replace melodiousness and dynamism, in which monotone becomes theme.

    Dvoyre Fogel.

  • I have also seen that quote with the idiots replaced with jackasses, which seems to add to the melodiousness.

    All at once...

  • The wonder of his poem is that it has a melancholy melodiousness while retaining a tight aphoristic ring.

    Closer Than Ever to Vergil

  • The lack of melodiousness only added to my embarrassment.

    100th post

  • It's fine to discuss qualities like the relative melodiousness of one language versus others, but to go back to the shkrobius post that kicked this off, I don't just disagree with it, I find it disturbing. CACOPHONY?


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