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clare-obscure

[klair-uh b-skyoo r] /ˈklɛər əbˈskyʊər/
noun

clair-obscure

or clare-obscure

[klair-uh b-skyoo r] /ˈklɛər əbˈskyʊər/
noun
Origin of clair-obscure
1710-1720
1710-20; < French, translation of Italian chiaroscuro chiaroscuro; see clear, obscure
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  • The eyes, growing accustomed to the clare-obscure, still distinguish pretty well what is taking place.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • Colannah nodded acquiescence, the stately feathers on his head gleaming fitfully in the clare-obscure of the cavern.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
  • I also saw a piano in the clare-obscure, and another door, half open, leading into the inner room.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
British Dictionary definitions for clare-obscure

clair-obscure

/ˌklɛərəbˈskjʊə/
noun
1.
another word for chiaroscuro
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: clear-obscure
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