Definition of ben trovato in English:

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ben trovato

Pronunciation: /ˌbɛn trə(ʊ)ˈvɑːtəʊ/

adjective

(Of an anecdote) invented but plausible: the saying attributed to him is probably apocryphal, but ben trovato
More example sentences
  • ‘As the Italians say, ‘Se non vero, e ben trovato’ - if it isn't true, it's such a good story that it ought to be.
  • When reading a manuscript from 1875 the Italian proverb ‘sinon e vero, e ben trovato’ was cited.
  • I cannot ask you to accept my conjectures after all of my warnings at the outset of this paper, but will be content if you say ‘Si non è vero, è ben trovato,’ ‘If it isn't true, it's well contrived.’

Origin

Italian, literally 'well found'.

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