pre-romanticism

noun pre-ro·man·ti·cism \ ˌprē-rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsi-zəm , -rə- \
variants: or less commonly pre-Romanticism or Pre-Romanticism

Definition of 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

play \ˌprē-rō-ˈman-tik, -rə-\ or less commonly pre-Romantic or Pre-Romantic adjective
    • 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

First Known Use of pre-romanticism

1895

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