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Questa Cortesissima

(Italian). Most courteous one; a love term used by Dante to Beatrice.

“I set myself to think of that most courteous one (questa cortesissima, and thinking of her there fell upon me a sweet sleep” —Mrs. Oliphant: Makers of Florence (Dante's description).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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