Gongorism

noun
Gon·​go·​rism | \ ˈgäŋ-gə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce Gongorism (audio) \

Definition of Gongorism

: a literary style characterized by studied obscurity and by the use of various ornate devices

Other Words from Gongorism

gongoristic \ ˌgäŋ-​gə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce Gongorism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Gongorism

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gongorism

Spanish gongorismo, from Luis de Góngora y Argote †1627 Spanish poet

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Gongorism

Time Traveler for Gongorism

Time Traveler

The first known use of Gongorism was in 1813

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Gongorism

Gongoresque

Gongorism

Gongylonema

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Gongorism

Cite this Entry

“Gongorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gongorism. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!