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  • n. Plural form of virtuoso.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Italian plural of virtuoso.


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  • Greek architecture was discovered in the second half of the eighteenth century, it became the shibboleth of the 'virtuosi'.

    The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield

  • But recently our 'virtuosi' have been oppressed with a notion that, to succeed in this country, they must invade and carry by storm the 'classics' of the art, instead of adhering exclusively as of old to their own fantasies and jeux de marteaux.

    Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday

  • He's recently showed an interest in Hammond organ blues, and in partnership with British virtuosi like Alan Barnes, has swept freely across the jazz composers' landscape, notably Duke Ellington's.

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  • SFO's former musical director interpreted and steered Wagner's sublime score precisely and transparently, with an orchestra of virtuosi.

    What Staging Can Do, for Good or Ill

  • What the virtuosi of the late 18th and early 19th centuries gained, he writes, "was at the expense (in all senses) of the mighty."

    Intensely Familiar, Yet Strangely Remote

  • Being a virtuous human being takes practice; and those who are brilliant at being human (what Christians call the saints) are the virtuosi of the moral sphere – the Pavarottis and Maradonas of virtue.

    Ideas for modern living: virtue

  • Starlings are great virtuosi, wonderful mimics as well as splendid singers, and incorporate so many different sounds into their songs that a flock of them is called a murmuration.


  • In succeeding trios, Eddie Gomez and Marc Johnson — virtuosi heavily influenced by LaFaro — had the bass chair.

    Emulating Bill Evans

  • I 'm particularly excited to hear what the talented singer Jose James will do with the lyrics and what the JaLCO' s resident reed virtuosi, Joe Temperley, Walter Blanding, Ted Nash and Sherman Irby, are going to do with the amazing music Strayhorn wrote for saxophones.

    Meditation Demonstrations

  • My own movie love found its ideal object in "The King's Speech," which was directed by Tom Hooper from a script by David Seidler, and which I saw under ideal circumstances — no knowledge of what it was about, thus no specific expectations, although only an idiot would expect little from a film starring two such virtuosi as Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

    Thin Air, Rich Fare


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