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  • proper n. A name by which Benito Mussolini was known.


Italian il ("the") + duce ("commander, leader") (Wiktionary)


  • In fact, the moniker Il Duce first came from such praise by a leading socialist Olindo Vernocchi who called him the “Duce of all revolutionary socialists in Italy” at a Socialist congress in 1912.

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  • Garibaldi was always or almost always victorious (in reality he fought brilliant guerrilla skirmishes which piety later turned into vast and tidy battles); he was the first to be called Il Duce, a pompous nineteenth-century opera libretto title, by antonomasia (Mussolini had been called Il Duce by his socialist followers before 1914 and took the title with him to the Fascist party).

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  • James Emery of the National Association of Manufacturers praised Il Duce at a NAM convention for “leading through the streets of a reunited country a great body of citizens” who rescued Italy from “the blighting hand of radical socialism.”

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  • Mr. Cragg's work appears to be totally abstract, but then you are suddenly reminded of Italian post-Futurist sculpture—for example, of Renato Bertelli's "Continuous Profile of Mussolini" 1933, in which Il Duce's profile is rotated 360 degrees, so that it seems to be a machine-part, rather than a portrait head.

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  • Il Duce finally glanced up as Donovan neared the desk.

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  • “We are not afraid to have an impartial observer,” Il Duce insisted.

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  • He noticed that photos in a German newspaper of Hitler with Mussolini after the attack showed the führer offering his left hand to Il Duce to shake.

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  • On one rare occasion, though, during a Halloween party his family hosted in the 1950s, relatives recalled Moriconi playing the ham and donning the duds of Il Duce.

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  • And while the Italians did give us the Renaissance and Giuseppe Verdi and Sophia Loren, a lot of Americans are still fuming over that unpleasant Il Duce interlude back in the day, so they're off the list, too.

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  • It wouldn't be so far fetched after all to imagine a certain Mr Osbourne in the role of modern day version of Il Duce would it and then go on to combine that with Mr Berlusconi and that nightmare surely is one we should never hope to visit.

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