classicism

noun
clas·​si·​cism | \ ˈkla-sə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce classicism (audio) \

Definition of classicism

1a : the principles or style embodied in the literature, art, or architecture of ancient Greece and Rome
b : classical scholarship
c : a classical idiom or expression
2 : adherence to traditional standards (as of simplicity, restraint, and proportion) that are universally and enduringly valid

Examples of classicism in a Sentence

a return to classicism in modern architecture the classicism of the building
Recent Examples on the Web As 1960s culture introduced more minimalist, graphic art, raging against the classicism of the past, the haggadah’s images changed to reflect the times. The Conversation, oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 And woefully, cursedly, that classicism needs the imprimatur of milky white skin. Margo Jefferson, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 As 1960s culture introduced more minimalist, graphic art, raging against the classicism of the past, the haggadah’s images changed to reflect the times. The Conversation, oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 His comment invokes the grandeur of classicism and finds courtliness in camp. Jack Parlett, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 As 1960s culture introduced more minimalist, graphic art, raging against the classicism of the past, the haggadah’s images changed to reflect the times. The Conversation, oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 As 1960s culture introduced more minimalist, graphic art, raging against the classicism of the past, the haggadah’s images changed to reflect the times. Kerri Steinberg, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2022 Accessorizing with diamonds and sapphire earrings from Vuitton’s high jewelry collection and a swipe of red lipstick, Seydoux and her stylist sister, Camille, played up the gown’s classicism. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2022 This medieval or Gothic aesthetic could make the Romantics, in turn, hostile to the airless rationalism and classicism of the Enlightenment. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of classicism

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 May 2022

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“Classicism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classicism. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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