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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"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".’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘well found’.

Pronunciation

ben trovato

/ˌbɛn trə(ʊ)ˈvɑːtəʊ/