an·​ti-ro·​man·​tic | \ ˌan-tē-rō-ˈman-tik, -rə-, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-romantic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly antiromantic

Definition of anti-romantic

: contradicting or rejecting romantic aesthetics or sensibilities … this book of anti-romantic, practical advice about common life problems …Publishers Weekly Critics often identify the novel of manners with a Jamesian, antiromantic perspective, but one should remember that Jane Austen also wrote novels of manners, and there courtship always produces a "happily ever after."— David R. Shumway

Other Words from anti-romantic

anti-romanticism or less commonly antiromanticism \ ˌan-​tē-​rō-​ˈman-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm , -​rə-​ , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce antiromanticism (audio) \ noun
If anything defines the art of Weimar Germany it is an attitude of deliberate anti-romanticism, shared of course by the Bauhaus School; a hatred of sentimentality and pretense. — Ian Buruma

First Known Use of anti-romantic

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Anti-romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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