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Gothic

adjective Goth·ic \ ˈgä-thik \

Definition of Gothic

1 a :of, relating to, or resembling the Goths, their civilization, or their language
c :medieval 1
2 a :of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of architecture developed in northern France and spreading through western Europe from the middle of the 12th century to the early 16th century that is characterized by the converging of weights and strains at isolated points upon slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by pointed arches and vaulting
  • Gothic cathedrals
b :of or relating to an architectural style reflecting the influence of the medieval Gothic
3 often not capitalized :of or relating to a style of fiction characterized by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent incidents
  • Gothic novels

gothically

play \ˈgä-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Gothicness

play \ˈgä-thik-nəs\ noun

Origin and Etymology of gothic

see 1Goth

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Gothic

noun

Definition of Gothic

2 :Gothic art style or decoration; specifically :the Gothic architectural style
3 :the East Germanic language of the Goths — see Indo-European Languages Table
4 often not capitalized :a novel, film, or play in the gothic style

Origin and Etymology of gothic

see 1Goth

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GOTHIC Defined for English Language Learners

Gothic

adjective

Definition of Gothic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a style of writing that describes strange or frightening events that take place in mysterious places

  • : of or relating to a style of architecture that was popular in Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries and that uses pointed arches, thin and tall walls, and large windows


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