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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Italian
Origin: 'growing', from Latin crescendum, from crescere; CRESCENT

crescendo

noun
     
cre‧scen‧do plural crescendos [countable]
1APM if a sound or a piece of music rises to a crescendo, it gradually becomes louder until it is very loud [≠ diminuendo]:
The shouting rose to a deafening crescendo.
The curtains opened as the music reached a crescendo.
2 if an activity or feeling reaches a crescendo, it gradually becomes stronger until it is very strong:
The campaign reached its crescendo in the week of the election.
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