One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjective
(of singing or a spoken remark) in a quiet voice, as if not to be overheard.as adverb ‘“It won't be cheap,” he added sotto voce’as adjective ‘a sotto voce remark’
softly, making little noise, in a low voice, in hushed tones, in low tones, in muted tones, in subdued tones, in a mumble, in a murmur, in a whisper, murmuringly, under one's breath, in an undertone, sotto voce, gently, faintly, weakly, feeblyView synonyms
- ‘A technique that avoids confrontation is called the sotto voce technique.’
From Italian sotto ‘under’ + voce ‘voice’.
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