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bravura

[bruh-vyoo r-uh, -voo r-uh; Italian brah-voo-rah] /brəˈvyʊər ə, -ˈvʊər ə; Italian brɑˈvu rɑ/
noun, plural bravuras Italian, bravure
[brah-voo-re] /brɑˈvu rɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
2.
a display of daring; brilliant performance.
adjective
3.
Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Italian: spirit, dash. See brave, -ure
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
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British Dictionary definitions for bravura

bravura

/brəˈvjʊərə; -ˈvʊərə/
noun
1.
a display of boldness or daring
2.
(music)
  1. brilliance of execution
  2. (as modifier): a bravura passage
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: spirit, courage, from bravare to show off, see bravado
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Word Origin and History for bravura
n.

1788, "piece of music requiring great skill," from Italian bravura "bravery, spirit" (see brave (adj.)). Sense of "display of brilliancy, dash" is from 1813.

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