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Mar 17, 2007
This week's theme
Words related to the number 13 to mark the thirteenth anniversary of Wordsmith.org

This week's words
tridecennary
triskaidekaphobia
bakers dozen
rondeau
trecento

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trecento

(tray-CHEN-to) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun The 14th century, especially with reference to Italian art, literature, etc.

From Italian, shortening of milletrecento (1300), from mille (thousand) and trecento (three hundred).

Trecento was the beginning of the renaissance. It was the time that gave birth to great writers such as Dante (The Divine Comedy), Petrarch, and Boccaccio.

"There are lyrical romantic painters such as Mary Armstrong, inspired by Italian trecento works."
Robert Taylor; Art; The Boston Globe; Jun 5, 1988.

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Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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