classicism

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noun clas·si·cism \ˈkla-sə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of classicism

  1. 1a :  the principles or style embodied in the literature, art, or architecture of ancient Greece and Romeb :  classical scholarshipc :  a classical idiom or expression

  2. 2 :  adherence to traditional standards (as of simplicity, restraint, and proportion) that are universally and enduringly valid

Examples of classicism in a Sentence

  1. a return to classicism in modern architecture

  2. the classicism of the building

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1827

First Known Use of classicism

1827


CLASSICISM Defined for English Language Learners

classicism

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Definition of classicism for English Language Learners

  • : the ideas and styles that are common in the literature, art, and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome

  • : a traditional style of art, literature, music, architecture, etc., that is usually graceful and simple with parts that are organized in a pleasing way



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