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Mar 21, 2012
This week's theme
Words with multiple, unrelated meanings

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doxy
enceinte
bravo
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with Anu Garg

bravo

PRONUNCIATION:
(BRAH-vo, brah-VOH)

MEANING:
interjection: Used to express approval, especially to applaud a performance.
noun: A villain, especially a hired killer.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1: From Italian bravo (brave, good, clever), from Latin barbarus (barbarous), from Greek barbaros (foreign, barbarian). Earliest documented use: 1761.
For 2: From Italian bravo. Earliest documented use: 1597.

USAGE:
"Soon Gustavo Dudamel's galvanizing pasión with the baton was coaxing reluctant audiences in London, Paris, and New York to give standing ovations of 'Bravo, Gustavo!'"
Chris Lee; Dude Is a Rock Star; Newsweek (New York); Feb 13, 2012.

"Men have before hired bravos to transact their crimes, while their own person and reputation sat under shelter."
Robert Louis Stevenson; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; 1886.

See more usage examples of bravo in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. -Heraclitus, philosopher (500 BCE)

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