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Svevo, I. – La coscienza di Zeno (1923)


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lusinghiero
flattering; gratifying
piazzare
to place, position; sell
lustro
luster; prestige; five-year period
presbite
far-sighted
ostinarsi
to persist, insist
matita
pencil
desto
awake, wide-awake
avverare
to bring about, realize; confirm
fantolino
baby, infant (archaic term of endearment)
bicipite
two-headed; biceps
sbiadire
to fade
roco
hoarse, raspy
tinello
informal dining room; servant's quarters
sozzo
filthy, dirty
sfacciataggine
cheek, nerve, insolence
fantesca
servant (archaic)
ribrezzo
disgust, repugnance
stordito
stunned, bewildered; absent-minded, careless
inquietudine
apprehension, anxiety
giacché
since
ridda
jumble
idoneo
suitable, adequate
tappezzare
to wallpaper; cover
sigillare
to seal, stamp
nono
ninth
proponimento
resolution
balordo
foolish; dazed, groggy; absurd
lagnarsi
to complain, moan
rintocco
toll, ring (of bells)
sentenziare
to rule, sentence; pontificate
precorrere
to preempt, anticipate
civetteria
flirtation, coquetry
arioso
airy, spacious
fulvo
reddish brown; red (hair)
guanciale
pillow; jowl
esile
slender; weak, frail
poderoso
formidable, imposing; powerful
dotto
scholar, intellectual; learned, erudite
trascurare
to disregard, neglect
nettato
clean, cleansed
canaglia
scoundrel; swindler
ambedue
both
sciupare
to waste, squander; damage, spoil
affanno
shortness of breath; anxiety, stress
coadiuvare
to assist, help, co-operate
baule
chest (for storage); trunk (old-fashioned suitcase)
affievolirsi
to weaken
pianerottolo
landing, ledge
puerpera
woman who has just given birth
indispettire
to irritate, annoy
ammonimento
admonition, rebuke
rabbonire
to mollify, calm down
lagnanza
grievance, complaint
congedarsi
to take one's leave, bid farewell
abietto
abject
filza
string, row, series
contegno
behaviour; dignity
dispensa
pantry; exemption; pamphlet
ingoiare
to swallow; endure
stornare
to avert, dissuade; cancel (a debt); transfer
annuire
to nod
dolere (v.)
to ache, hurt
lenire
to alleviate, sooth
infischiarsi
to not worry about, not care about
crucciarsi
to torment oneself, fret
clausura
seclusion
ira
anger, rage
svezzare
to wean
abbisognare
to be in need, need
mancia
tip, gratuity
attardarsi
to linger (delay departure)
appresso
after/ near, beside
cantuccio
corner, nook
giovare
to be of use, benefit
sciagura
disaster, calamity; misfortune
dimane
tomorrow (lit.)
nomignolo
nickname
compatimento
sympathy, understanding; pity; condescension
diffidare
to distrust, be suspicious of
conato
impulse
sarta
seamstress
insulso
vacuous, inane; dull, bland
malvagità
wickedness
cardine
hinge
bonariamente
good-naturedly
assodare
to harden, strengthen
disamina
close examination, scrutiny
accorato
heartfelt, fervent; hurt, grieved
penoso
pitiful, pathetic; painful, distressing
becchino
gravedigger
piovigginare
to drizzle, rain lightly
fosco
dark, gloomy, murky
carrozzabile
suitable for vehicles
mozzo
truncated, cut-off
caparbio
stubborn, pigheaded
desco
dinner table
pertugio
hole, narrow opening
scioperato
idle
trasognato
dreamy
strascicare
to drag, trail; drawl, mumble