fortissimo

[fawr-tis-uh-moh; Italian fawr-tees-see-maw] Music.
adjective
1.
(a direction) very loud.
adverb
2.
(a direction) very loudly.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian; superlative of forte forte2

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fortissimo (fɔːˈtɪsɪˌməʊ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  ff very loud
 
n
2.  a very loud passage in music
 
[C18: from Italian, from Latin fortissimus, from fortis strong]

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fortissimo
1724, from It. fortissimo, superl. of forte, from L. fortis "strong."
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fortissimo [(fawr-tis-uh-moh)]

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

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Example sentences
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.
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