Crescendo (noun.sing.)Crescendos(noun pl.)(C,U) I think this word's sound & meaning is beautiful but wondering a little bit whether it could be used in place of "gradual/gradually" in any cases apart from some kind of music thing. Just like these following sentences:
1) Gradually, children began to understand what they did was extremely wrong and effected us all.
2) The weather gradually improved.
3)The advertising campaign reached a crescendo just before Christmas.
4)(A gradual increase in noise )Voices rose in a crescendo and drowned him out.
PS May be they couldn't be interchanged with one another at all cos' gradual/gradually & crescendo are different in their part of speech act.I just guess,but am not sure whether it's right. Clarify me please.
Last edited by phorntita; 25-Sep-2009 at 12:49.
Reason: more information added
-endo = -ing. Crescendo = growing; so your example 4 is OK, but not 3. A 'crescendo' isn't the loudest point, it's a gradual increase. I'm not sure what your examples 1 & 2 are there for; they're both OK (apart from the spelling of 'affected'), but you couldn't use 'crescendo' in either case.
In music, a crescendo is a gradual or steady increase in volume. In general, a crescendo is a steady increase in intensity or force. The phrase "reach a crescendo" is wrong because a "crescendo" is not a point at which an increase in force or volume stops. A crescendo is the increase or force in volume - not the point at which the increase stops.
Originally Posted by phorntita
The word crescendo is not interchangeable with the word "gradually".
3)The advertising campaign reached a crescendo just before Christmas. - This is an example of using "crescendo" incorrectly.
crescendo: Definition from Answers.com
Usage Problem. The climactic point or moment after such a progression: "The attacks ... began in December ... and reached a crescendo during (Foreign Affairs).
4)(A gradual increase in noise )Voices rose in a crescendo and drowned him out. - This could be read as redundant because the word "crescendo" already refers to a rise in volume. We could take a rise in volume to be gradual and not all at once or immediate.
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