What does sotto voce mean?

Definitions for sotto voceˈsɒt oʊ ˈvoʊ tʃi; It. ˈsɔt tɔ ˈvɔ tʃɛ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sotto voce, in a low voice(adverb)

    in an undertone

    "he uttered a curse sotto voce"


  1. sotto voce(Noun)

    A direction in a score that a passage in a piece should be played softly (or sung 'under the voice', when applied to vocal music).

  2. sotto voce(Adverb)

    (speaking) quietly

  3. sotto voce(Adverb)

    (spoken or played) softly

  4. sotto voce(Adjective)

    In soft tones; quiet.

  5. sotto voce(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Sotto voce

    with a restrained voice or moderate force; in an undertone

  2. Sotto voce

    spoken low or in an undertone

  3. Origin: [It.]


  1. Sotto voce

    Sotto voce means intentionally lowering the volume of one's voice for emphasis. The speaker gives the impression of uttering involuntarily a truth which may surprise, shock, or offend. Galileo Galilei's utterance "Eppur si muove", spoken after recanting his heliocentric theory, is an example of sotto voce utterance. In music, sotto voce denotes a dramatic lowering of the vocal or instrumental volume — not necessarily pianissimo, but a definitely hushed quality. An example of sotto voce occurs in the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor. The singers lower their volume for emphasis. In literature, drama, and rhetoric, sotto voce is used to denote emphasis attained by lowering one's voice rather than raising it, similar to the effect provided by an aside. For example, in Chapter 4 of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë uses the term sotto voce to describe Mrs. Reed's manner of speaking after arguing with Jane: — Jane Eyre In law, "sotto voce" on a transcript indicates a conversation heard below the hearing of the court reporter.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sotto voce in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sotto voce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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