neo·​clas·​si·​cal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce neoclassical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly neoclassic \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈkla-​sik How to pronounce neoclassic (audio) \

Definition of neoclassical

: of, relating to, or constituting a revival or adaptation of the classical especially in literature, music, art, or architecture

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Other Words from neoclassical

neoclassicism \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈkla-​sə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce neoclassicism (audio) \ noun
neoclassicist \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈkla-​sə-​sist How to pronounce neoclassicist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of neoclassical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Figgs began with a nationally distinguished neoclassical statute – The Statue of Liberty., "Behind the Black Lives Matter mural: Artists' speak to equality, family and hope," 19 June 2020 The historic neoclassical estate at 3800 Beverly Drive in Highland Park was built by Hal Thompson in 1922 and updated in 2000. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Firm sells most estates in Dallas County, per MLS," 7 June 2020 Combined with the rippling columns, the design looks like a modernist reinterpretation of neoclassical civic architecture. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Public Library’s new Martin Luther King, Jr., Branch could be a ‘palace for the people’," 23 Feb. 2020 The recipe is inspired by the interior neoclassical architecture of The Morgan Library & Museum, its esteemed neighbor on Madison Avenue, and the 19th century poet Walt Whitman. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "A Gilded Age-Inspired Summer Cocktail to Celebrate The Morgan Library," 6 June 2019 All of this is anathema to the right, which prefers experts—usually neoclassical economists—who reinforce socioeconomic hierarchies without exposing them. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Republican War on Knowledge," 14 May 2020 The two men looked relaxed, posing together outside the neoclassical Government Buildings a few days before Britain left the EU on Jan. 31. Dara Doyle,, "Brexit Halo Fades for a Leader Fighting for Survival," 5 May 2020 Perhaps the most arresting feature in this panorama is the stage: a towering neoclassical structure with Doric columns that soar heavenward. Suspended from the columns are banners emblazoned with the letters QU, for Quaranteen University. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Will the Class of 2020 Please Line Up on the Minecraft Stage?," 11 May 2020 Many opponents of the proposal were quick to draw parallels to Adolf Hitler, who favored neoclassical architecture for his private spaces and schemed monoliths based on the tenets of classicism with architect Albert Speer. Anne Quito, Quartz, "What is classical architecture? It’s not exactly what the Trump administration thinks it is," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of neoclassical

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoclassical

neo- + classical or classic entry 1

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The first known use of neoclassical was in 1877

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1 Jul 2020

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“Neoclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neoclassical

: relating to a style of art or architecture like the ones found in ancient Greece or Rome

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