pre-ro·​man·​ti·​cism ˌprē-rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce pre-romanticism (audio)
variants or less commonly pre-Romanticism or Pre-Romanticism
: a cultural shift of the mid- to late-18th century that preceded and gave rise to Romanticism
Pre-Romanticism was not really an intellectual movement per se. It is, rather, a label given by modern commentators to various developments that signal the dissolution of the Enlightenment paradigm and the emergence of new approaches.Walter Kudrycz
Throughout the eighteenth century, all over Europe, signs appeared of new interests and new feelings about neglected elements in life and art. This is sometimes called eighteenth-century romanticism or pre-romanticism.Jacques Barzun
pre-romantic adjective
or less commonly pre-Romantic or Pre-Romantic
pre-romantic music
a pre-Romantic composer/poet
the Pre-Romantic era
Each chapter has a hilarious heading, revealing Weldon's affinity with the pre-Romantic tradition of Sterne and Swift. Anne Harris

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pre-romanticism was in 1895

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“Pre-romanticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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