Definition of bravura in English:

bravura

noun

  • 1Great technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity.

    ‘the recital ended with a blazing display of bravura’
    [as modifier] ‘a bravura performance’
    • ‘It's another bravura performance by the master of the police procedural.’
    • ‘It certainly benefits from the addition of qualities previously rare in his work: robust pacing, greater narrative coherence and a series of bravura performances.’
    • ‘Indeed, his work has actually been criticised for placing too great an emphasis on bravura technical skills at the expense of these other properties.’
    • ‘Their bravura performances never came about from actually working off each other, they simply found the heart and soul of their characters from the material.’
    • ‘When reading, hearing or viewing art, we are drawn to bravura performances, I think, by an essentially primitive approval of self-possession wherever it may be found.’
    • ‘He had won the British Grand Prix 48 hours previously with a series of bravura performances, outrageous even.’
    • ‘Part of the delight of watching her pivot gracefully from steely composure to histrionic distress comes from the feeling of witnessing two bravura performances at once.’
    • ‘The Yankees wore caps honouring New York rescue workers and put singing firemen and policemen at home plate to give bravura performances of national anthems official and unofficial.’
    • ‘The album's final song, then, is also its centerpiece, summarizing its narrative and musical arcs in one bravura performance.’
    • ‘Tom turns in another bravura performance in this movie, even if his role for the most part calls for more endurance than acting.’
    • ‘Before this point's reached, however, we see Medea's conflicting impulses in a performance of bravura strength and delicacy, yet darkly lit with moments of mordant humour.’
    • ‘We peer through it into another world, while we applaud its bravura performance in this one.’
    • ‘I'm not surprised by her bravura performance.’
    • ‘It was an Oscar-winning, bravura performance.’
    • ‘I feel a little churlish raising this because they were certainly an enjoyable pair to watch and undoubtedly gave everything to achieve really bravura performances.’
    • ‘Its dazzling chiaroscuro and painterly bravura surpass his earlier performances.’
    • ‘Barber's boundless melodic inspiration takes inspired flight from the surging opening movement through the moving, poignant Andante and rousing bravura finale.’
    • ‘Bogosian's demanding, bravura performance truly runs the full gamut of emotions and really adds dimension and depth to what could have been a totally one-note character and role.’
    • ‘We celebrate seven weeks of nail-biting finishes and bravura performances that made the sporting summer of 2005 so glorious and so unforgettable’
    • ‘I didn't have a clue about what Jim was saying, and I'm not sure Mr. Coe did either, but at the end of his bravura performance I got my grade changed.’
    virtuoso, magnificent, outstanding, exceptional, exceptionally good, excellent, superb, brilliant, dazzling, first-class, masterly, expert
    out of this world, mean, ace, stellar, crack, a1
    shit-hot
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    1. 1.1 The display of great daring.
      ‘the show of bravura hid a guilty timidity’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Italian, from bravo bold.

Pronunciation:

bravura

/brəˈv(y)o͞orə/