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Della Cruscan

Pronunciation: /ˌdelə ˈkro͞oskən/


1Relating to the Academy della Crusca in Florence, an institution established in 1582, with the purity of the Italian language as its chief interest.
Example sentences
  • He was admitted to the Della Cruscan Academy of Florence, but his caustic sarcasm led to his exclusion from the Académie française.
  • Even the Della Cruscan writers themselves have been unable to deprive the language wholly of the fresh spontaneity of Boccaccio's manner, which in modern literature we again admire in Manzoni's Promessi sposi.
1.1Relating to a late-18th-century school of English poets with an artificial style modeled on that of purist Italian writers.
Example sentences
  • Ultimately, time and change unravels the Della Cruscan affair and ensures the failure of romance.
  • The following lines are the very perfection of Della Cruscan sentiment and affected orientalism of style.
  • The Anglo-Italian collaboration is an important aspect of the original the Della Cruscan movement.


1A member of the Academy della Crusca.
1.1A Della Cruscan poet.
Example sentences
  • It was a name, Della Cruscans, which came to be applied to a group of English poets living in Italy at the end of the 18th century.
  • Juan's enforced cross-dressing seems to be Byron's self-justification for his harshly reviewed collections of juvenile poetry in the style of the Della Cruscans.


From Italian (Accademia) della Crusca '(Academy) of the bran' (with reference to “sifting” of the language).

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Syllabification: Del·la Crus·can

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