me·​di·​e·​val·​ism | \ ˌmē-ˈdē-və-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce medievalism (audio) , mi-, ˌme-, -dē-ˈē-və- \

Definition of medievalism

1 : medieval quality, character, or state
2 : devotion to the institutions, arts, and practices of the Middle Ages

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Recent Examples on the Web Putting one on the sleek, black rectangle of your iPhone thus concocts a syrupy mélange of lithe modernism and ascetic medievalism. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Endor is an appealingly weird mix of medievalism and science fiction, presided over by an imperious headmistress voiced by Kate Winslet. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Chases a Girl and Her Broomstick," 18 Jan. 2018 The white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville wore their medievalism on their sleeves. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Racism, Medievalism, and the White Supremacists of Charlottesville," 15 Aug. 2017 In fact, there’s a whole area of study called medievalism, which specifically examines depictions of the Middle Ages in any post-medieval pop culture, like Shakespeare's history plays. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Game of Thrones Is Even Changing How Scholars Study the Real Middle Ages," 14 July 2017 At the International Medieval Congress, a top annual conference, the number of sessions on medievalism grew from 7 in 2006 to 27 in 2017. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Game of Thrones Is Even Changing How Scholars Study the Real Middle Ages," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of medievalism

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Medievalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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