How to say “on purpose” in Italian

Meaning of the English idiom

“On purpose” is used as a synonym for “deliberately”.

How do you say on purpose in Italian?

You translate on purpose in Italian as di proposito.

Di proposito
On purpose

The idiom can be broken down as follows:

  • di (of)
  • proposito (purpose)

So di proposito literally means “of purpose”.

If we had to translate this English idiom literally, we would say su proposito, but that sounds weird to an Italian native speaker!

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For example, you could say…

Alessandro ha spinto Giorgio giù dalle scale di proposito.
Alexander pushed George down the stairs on purpose.

Scusami, non l’ho fatto di proposito.
I’m sorry, I didn’t do that on purpose.

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