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fortissimo

[fawr-tis-uh-moh; Italian fawr-tees-see-maw] /fɔrˈtɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian fɔrˈtis siˌmɔ/
adjective
1.
(a direction) very loud.
adverb
2.
(a direction) very loudly.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian; superlative of forte forte2
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Examples from the web for fortissimo
  • The volume of the music is always fortissimo so students with some degree of hearing get beat.
  • It begins with an explosion of fortissimo percussive chords, repeated with an almost brutal vehemence.
British Dictionary definitions for fortissimo

fortissimo

/fɔːˈtɪsɪˌməʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
very loud ff
noun
2.
a very loud passage in music
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Latin fortissimus, from fortis strong
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Word Origin and History for fortissimo

1724, from Italian fortissimo, superlative of forte "loud, strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort).

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fortissimo in Culture
fortissimo [(fawr-tis-uh-moh)]

A musical direction meaning “to be performed very loudly”; the opposite of pianissimo.

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