adjective smor·zan·do \smȯrtˈsän(ˌ)dō\
variants: less commonly



Definition of smorzando

  1. :  growing slower and softer :  dying away —abbreviation smorz —used as a direction in music

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Origin and Etymology of smorzando

smorzando from Italian, verbal of smorzare to tone down, reduce, alteration (influenced by s-, from Latin ex-) of ammorzare to moderate, weaken, extinguish, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin admortiare to extinguish, from Latin ad- + (assumed) Vulgar Latin -mortiare (from Latin mortuus, past participle of mori to die); smorzato from Italian, past participle of smorzare — more at murder

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