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Sunday, February 06, 2005

brio

\BREE-oh\ , noun;
1.
Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.
Quotes:
Though my judgment was no doubt affected by all the wine we'd consumed, I remember being elated by our performance that night: our inspired spur-of-the-moment dialogue, the actors fleshing out their roles with such brio.
-- Gail Godwin, Evensong
For him, life must be a party, a ball, an endless carnival. Each person must invent a role for himself and play it with brio.
-- Lydia Flem, Casanova: The Man Who Really Loved Women (translated by Catherine Temerson)
The Internet has always been home to plenty of unvarnished brio.
-- Timothy L. O'Brien, "Corporate Love Letters: Youstink.Com", New York Times, April 4, 1999
Origin:
Brio is Italian, from Spanish brio or Provençal briu, both of Celtic origin.
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