from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fencing, same as reverse, 3.
  • n. In printing, any one of the left-hand pages in a book: the opposite of recto.


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  • To do Sir Piercie justice, it was an idea which never entered into his head; and he would probably have dealt the most scientific imbroccata, stoccata, or punto reverso, which the school of Vincent Saviola had taught him, to any man who had dared to suggest to him such selfish and ungrateful meanness.

    The Monastery

  • The English knight was master of all the mystery of the stoccata, imbrocata, punto-reverso, incartata, and so forth, which the Italian masters of defence had lately introduced into general practice.

    The Monastery

  • And in some strange backward reverso-rhetorical deconstructionist logic, when we read 'witch-hunter' over and over in connection with Sarah Palin we begin to think of her as the hunted witch.

    Evan Derkacz: Witches, Fine... But Does Sarah Palin Believe in Religious Tolerance?

  • Malmarriedad he was reverso-gassed by the frisque of her frasques and her prytty pyrrhique.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Al reverso we have people of some means illegally working in a country that offers very little in support for those in need.

    Working in Mexico

  • Punto is a direct hit, reverso a backward blow, and so on.

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • And I would teach these nineteen the special rules, as your punto, * your reverso, your stoccata, your imbroccata, your passada, your montanto; till they could all play very near, or altogether, as well as myself.

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • His blow was not the "immortal passado" mentioned by Mercutio, but rather the "punto reverso," for it landed him in the dust, while the enemy remained on high.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives

  • Ah! the immortal passado! the punto reverso! the hay!

    Act II. Scene IV. Romeo and Juliet

  • He strutted in his stately fashion over to where a rapier and dagger hung upon the wall, and began to make passes at the door, darting in and out, warding off imaginary blows with his poniard, and stamping his feet with little cries of "Punto! reverso! stoccata! dritta! mandritta!" and all the jargon of the fencing schools.

    The Refugees


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