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Examples of duende in a Sentence
even as a child, she had an unmistakable duende that attracted the attention of passersby
Recent Examples of duende from the Web
Amigo has more than lived up to his promise, with pyrotechnic virtuosity, charisma, and that intangible quality of soulful emotion the Spanish call duende.
What draws us to Ichiro is what rakish former Esquire columnist George Frazier, inspired by Federico García Lorca, fancied as an athlete's duende: a synergistic combination of charisma, aptitude, and panache.
Regardless, the 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman trades the brand’s dynamic duende for advancements in refinement and practicality.
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Did You Know?
The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means "ghost" or "goblin" in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase "dueño de casa," which means "owner of a house." The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay "Teoria y Juego del Duende" ("Play and Theory of the Duende") that duende "is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept." Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one's unspoken charm or allure.
Origin and Etymology of duende
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
Synonymsallure, animal magnetism, appeal, attractiveness, captivation, charisma, charm, enchantment, fascination, force field, glamour (also glamor), magic, magnetism, oomph, pizzazz (or pizazz), seductiveness, witchery
Related Wordsallurement, attraction, call, lure, seduction; agreeableness, darlingness, delightfulness, desirability, desirableness, niceness, pleasantness, pleasingness, sweetness; sex appeal
Near Antonymsdisagreeableness, distastefulness, obnoxiousness, offensiveness, unpleasantness
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