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Quick, look it up as fast as you can! Precipitevolissimevolmente is the longest word in the Italian language. Derived from the adjective precipitevole, precipitevolissimevolmente is an adverb meaning 'as fast as you can'.

Other Italian word oddities include the word sovramagnificentissimamente. Used by Dante in "De vulgari eloquentia" in the 14th century, it means very, very, magnificent.

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May 31, 2007 at 1:30 pm
(1) james emmans says:

Really like these facts.

January 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(2) Emilia says:

Thanks- I hope I can get Italian extra credit for this. ;D
But… isn’t the second one longer? By one letter? Or doesn’t that count b/c it’s from so long ago?

June 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(3) Vincenzo says:

The actual longest italian word is anticostituzionalissimamente, which means “in a way that is extremely against the constitution”. The word was used the first time in the 1951 from Anacleto Bendazzi. But for some reasons the word precipitevolissimevolmente is the one all the italians learn being the longest one.

All these “very long words” are, however, rarely used.

Ciao,

Vincenzo

August 15, 2009 at 11:32 am
(4) Michael says:

Particolareggiatissimamente (27)
Incontrovertibilissimamente (27)
Sovramagnificentissimamente (27)
Arcicostituzionalissimamente (28)

August 15, 2009 at 11:35 am
(5) Michael says:

Poi i termini tecnici -
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Pentagonododecaedrotetraedrico (30)( una figura geometrica)

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