pre-ro·​man·​ti·​cism | \ ˌprē-rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce pre-romanticism (audio) , -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

Other Words from pre-romanticism

pre-romantic \ ˌprē-​rō-​ˈman-​tik How to pronounce pre-romanticism (audio) , -​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, in the meaning defined above

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“Pre-romanticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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