Etymology
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sfumato (adj.)

denoting a style of painting in which tones are blended and outlines blurred and dim, giving a misty or smoky appearance, 1847, from Italian sfumato, literally "smoked," from Latin fumus "smoke," from PIE root *dheu- (1) "dust, vapor, smoke." The prefix seems to be unetymological (compare sbirro). Other Italian words in sf- that ever lived in English include sforzando, the musical instruction; sfogato "exhaled" (also in music); and sgraffiti as an art term.

updated on July 12, 2022

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