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Virtuoso

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Virtuo'so. n.s. [Italian.] A man skilled in antique or natural curiosities; a man studious of painting, statuary, or architecture.

Methinks those generous virtuosi dwell in a higher region than other mortals. Glanville.

Virtuoso, the Italians call a man who loves the noble arts, and is a critick in them. And amongst our French painters, the word vertueux is understood in the same signification. Dryd.

This building was beheld with admiration by the virtuosi of that time. Tatler, № 52.

Showers of rain are now met with in every water-work; and the virtuoso's of France covered a little vault with artificial snow. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Tatler (23)

Attributes: Italian (29) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Virtuoso." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8846.


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