Definition of bravura in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We celebrate seven weeks of nail-biting finishes and bravura performances that made the sporting summer of 2005 so glorious and so unforgettable’
    • ‘It's another bravura performance by the master of the police procedural.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not surprised by her bravura performance.’
    • ‘Indeed, his work has actually been criticised for placing too great an emphasis on bravura technical skills at the expense of these other properties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 album's final song, then, is also its centerpiece, summarizing its narrative and musical arcs in one bravura performance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It certainly benefits from the addition of qualities previously rare in his work: robust pacing, greater narrative coherence and a series of bravura performances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an Oscar-winning, bravura performance.’
    • ‘He had won the British Grand Prix 48 hours previously with a series of bravura performances, outrageous even.’
    • ‘Its dazzling chiaroscuro and painterly bravura surpass his earlier performances.’
    • ‘We peer through it into another world, while we applaud its bravura performance in this one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barber's boundless melodic inspiration takes inspired flight from the surging opening movement through the moving, poignant Andante and rousing bravura finale.’
    • ‘Tom turns in another bravura performance in this movie, even if his role for the most part calls for more endurance than acting.’
    virtuoso, magnificent, outstanding, exceptional, exceptionally good, excellent, superb, brilliant, dazzling, first-class, masterly, expert
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    1. 1.1 The display of great daring.
      ‘the show of bravura hid a guilty timidity’


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