Definition of terribilità in English:

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terribilità

Pronunciation: /ˌterəˌbilēˈtä/

noun

Awesomeness or emotional intensity of conception and execution in an artist or work of art, originally as a quality attributed to Michelangelo by his contemporaries.
Example sentences
  • What the Renaissance called terribilità is not so different from what Burke meant by ‘the sublime.’
  • The fierce look on David's face was called terribilità, or ‘awesome power,’ and would forever be associated with Michelangelo and his work.
  • The fiery intensity of David's facial expression is termed terribilità, a feature characteristic of many of Michelangelo's figures and of his own personality.

Origin

Italian.

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Syllabification: ter·ri·bi·li·tà

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