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Borgia

[bawr-juh, -zhuh; Italian bawr-jah] /ˈbɔr dʒə, -ʒə; Italian ˈbɔr dʒɑ/
noun
1.
Cesare
[che-zah-re] /ˈtʃɛ zɑ rɛ/ (Show IPA),
1476?–1507, Italian cardinal, military leader, and politician.
2.
Lucrezia
[loo-kree-shuh,, -zhuh;; Italian loo-kre-tsyah] /luˈkri ʃə,, -ʒə;; Italian luˈkrɛ tsyɑ/ (Show IPA),
(Duchess of Ferrara) 1480–1519, sister and political pawn of Cesare Borgia: patron of the arts.
3.
their father, Rodrigo
[raw-dree-gaw] /rɔˈdri gɔ/ (Show IPA),
Alexander VI.
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  • We do not know when the young Borgia was raised to this dignity, but it was some time after 1482.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • If that is so, by what Borgia was the secret of its existence ever divulged?

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • These nephews drop their original name and take their mother's, Italianizing its spelling to Borgia.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • By that time, of course, I knew for certain that it was the Borgia pearl that we were after.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Pintoricchio uses this mode of decoration again in the Borgia Apartments, and from him Raphael borrowed the idea for his loggie.

    Pintoricchio Evelyn March Phillipps
  • Gradually he drew in and in to the Borgia, centre of all his spinning thought.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Borgia did no more than any other Italian prince would have done, but he must bear his share of the responsibility.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • He was sooner dead than he dared to hope, and died cursing the name of Borgia.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • In Borgia's time the Curia outdid itself, and Borgia led the way.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • The thought of meeting this Borgia in Rome must have been exceedingly painful to her.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
British Dictionary definitions for Borgia

Borgia

/Italian ˈbordʒa/
noun
1.
Cesare (ˈtʃezare), son of Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI). 1475–1507, Italian cardinal, politician, and military leader; model for Machiavelli's The Prince
2.
his sister, Lucrezia (luˈkrɛttsja), daughter of Rodrigo Borgia. 1480–1519, Italian noblewoman. After her third marriage (1501), to the Duke of Ferrara, she became a patron of the arts and science
3.
Rodrigo (rodˈriɡo). See Alexander VI
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