romanticism

noun
ro·man·ti·cism | \rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsi-zəm, 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, rə- \ noun often capitalized

Examples of romanticism in a Sentence

Try not to discourage the romanticism of college students.

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James, meanwhile, doesn't benefit from the romanticism of our memory. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michael Jordan's mystique clouds our memories: LeBron is the G.O.A.T," 29 May 2018 Because no fan base has a shorter memory, or a stronger penchant for romanticism, than the NBA's. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 The quirks of Beaton’s personality — his cultivation of enemies and frustrated romanticism, among them — are finally not as interesting as his work. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Love, Cecil,’ an Aesthete Ahead of His Time," 28 June 2018 Perhaps, but there was also a romanticism and dreaminess to the clothes, not to mention pretty terrific double-C puffers. Vogue, "Vogue’s Anna Wintour on the Community and Female Empowerment She Saw at Paris Fashion Week," 8 Mar. 2018 Stuart’s legacy, along with other iconic Civil War figures, is commemorated in imagery throughout the South that factor prominently into the romanticism tied to the Confederacy. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "The Confederate commander behind one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of the Civil War," 7 July 2018 From Jacquemus, Loewe, and Ann Demeulemeester comes an aesthetic revival for the purity, craft, and romanticism of the countryside. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 Once Hamilton stepped forward, listeners could revel in the dusky quality of his sound and the heightened romanticism of his delivery. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen celebrate swing," 9 Feb. 2018 Nino Rota's music score is very good, often playing with romanticism against the despair of the visual portions. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'8 ½': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of romanticism

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

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romanticism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of romanticism

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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