Friday, 8 June 2012

Entry: chiaroscuro (adj.)

In context: "When required to stand upright and still, like when videotaping an E.T.A.'s service motion or manning the light meters on the set of a high-contrast chiaroscuro art film..."

Definition: The style of pictorial art in which only the light and shade, and not the various colours, are represented; black-and-white, or dark brown and white. ? Obs.

Other: What a neat-looking word!  

The etymology is fun: Etymology:  Italian; < chiaro ( < Latin clārus) clear, bright + oscuro ( < Latin obscūrus) dark; thence French clair-obscur.

SNOOT score: 2
Page: 315

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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