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

Definition of romanticism

1 often capitalized
a(1) : a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms
(2) : an aspect of romanticism
b : adherence to a romantic attitude or style
2 : the quality or state of being romantic

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romanticist \ rō-​ˈman-​tə-​sist How to pronounce romanticism (audio) , rə-​ \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of romanticism in a Sentence

Try not to discourage the romanticism of college students.
Recent Examples on the Web But the man behind Simon, actor Regé-Jean Page, is far softer and more willing to admit to his innate romanticism than his television counterpart. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page talks masculinity, joy, and romanticism," 26 Dec. 2020 In this way, his romanticism always had a hint of melancholy. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Michael Oakeshott, 30 Years Later," 18 Dec. 2020 When model Denise Ascuet wore a version with a transparent bodice down the runway, the dress encapsulated the unbridled romanticism that inspired the collection. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gal Gadot Finds a Runway Look Fit for a Superhero," 17 Dec. 2020 Both cottagecore and dark academia reject our current reality, their deliberate romanticism a kind of countercultural response to political failings and the interminable tragedy of a global pandemic. Amal Abdi,, "Meet Dark Academia, The Bookish Fashion Trend That’s All Over TikTok," 7 Oct. 2020 Then, instead of focusing on the hopeless-romanticism angle, which triggers his insecurity, let this be a story of your own becoming—becoming the person your boyfriend is falling in love with. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: My Boyfriend Wants Me to Destroy My Precious Scrapbook From My First Marriage," 5 Oct. 2020 This culminated 100 years later during a period of national romanticism. Jennie Tiderman-Österberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work," 28 Sep. 2020 Furthering the beauty counterparts to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s radical romanticism was the array of directional hair looks conceptualized by hairstylist Guido Palau. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 5 Best Beauty Moments of Milan Fashion Week," 28 Sep. 2020 But there can be perverse incentives, and among serious preppers there is a persistent strain of romanticism and optimism. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of romanticism

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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“Romanticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of romanticism

: a style of art, literature, etc., during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that emphasized the imagination and emotions
: the quality or state of being impractical or unrealistic : romantic feelings or ideas

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