Definition of sprezzatura in English:

sprezzatura

noun

mass noun
  • Studied carelessness, especially as a characteristic quality or style of art or literature.

    ‘Rubens' famous sprezzatura’
    ‘it takes enviable sprezzatura and self-confidence to perform as a teacher of literature’
    • ‘In other words, either artist could have - and, indeed, must have - painted these passages of sprezzatura for the altarpiece to be legible from a distance.’
    • ‘Maybe it's all just sprezzatura, but I doubt it.’
    • ‘Instead there is a peculiarly Irish sprezzatura.’
    • ‘Lex had once told him about the ideal of sprezzatura, the art of seeming artless.’
    • ‘If such reading is sometimes put to the service of sprezzatura, let us hope that room remains for it in the enterprise of literary studies.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation

sprezzatura

/ˌsprɛtsəˈt(j)ʊərə/