- Softness, smoothness; also in a negative sense, weakness, effeminacy.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, II.20:
- Yea, when we forge its image in hir excellencie, we deck it with epithets of sickish and dolorous qualities: languor, effeminacy, weaknesse, fainting and Morbidezza, a great testimony of their consanguinity and consubstantiality.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ludden to this entry?)
- (art) A naturalistic delicacy in flesh tones.