Definition of ben trovato in English:

ben trovato

adjective

  • (of an anecdote) invented but plausible.

    ‘the saying attributed to him is probably apocryphal, but ben trovato’
    • ‘I cannot ask you to accept my conjectures after all of my warnings at the outset of this paper, but will be content if you say ‘Si non è vero, è ben trovato,’ ‘If it isn't true, it's well contrived.’’
    • ‘"After all,” said she to herself, “though it was not absolutely true, it was ben trovato, it was as near the truth, perhaps, as possible".’
    • ‘As with heritage, life histories become coherent and credible only by invention, often in defiance of known fact. They persuade us not as vero but ben trovato.’
    • ‘When reading a manuscript from 1875 the Italian proverb ‘sinon e vero, e ben trovato’ was cited.’
    • ‘‘As the Italians say, ‘Se non vero, e ben trovato’ - if it isn't true, it's such a good story that it ought to be.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘well found’.

Pronunciation

ben trovato

/ˌbɛn trə(ʊ)ˈvɑːtəʊ/