noun pen·ti·men·to \ˌpen-tə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of pentimento



  1. :  a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist

Origin and Etymology of pentimento

Italian, literally, repentance, correction, from pentire to repent, from Latin paenitēre — more at penitent

First Known Use: 1823

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