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mezzo forte

[fawr-tey] /ˈfɔr teɪ/
adverb, adjective, Music.
somewhat softer than forte but louder than piano; moderately loud.
Origin of mezzo forte
1805-15; < Italian: literally, half loud Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Infinite shadings are to be heard where before were only piano, forte, and mezzo-forte.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker

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