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Forms: ma (data provider: donatus-sup), m� (data provider: donatus-sup)
Forms: ma (data provider: donatus)
Baretti: A dictionary of the English and Italian languages
Ma, conj. which distinguishes, excepts, or contradicts—but. Ma is sometimes corrective, and is then equivalent to anzi, nay, rather: it is also inchoative of that which passes on to various things—but, now. —, parliamo della guerra, but (or) now, let us talk of the war: it is oftentimes conjunctive, being used for e, nondimeno & contutto ciò, the correlative of quantunque.Joined to nondimeno, tuttavia, pure, però, it is expletive, and means—yet, notwithstanding, nevertheless. — però vi fu molta gente, but, notwithstanding, there was a great number of people there. Ma is occasionally used as an interrogative. — che? why, for what purpose? s. m. but. Non ci sara alcun —, there shall be no but. Non sa lodare senza qualche —, he never praises without some but, he never gives unqualified praise.Ma', adv. V. mai.Ma', s. f. V. madre.