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 romanticist (audio) , rə-​ \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of romanticism in a Sentence

Try not to discourage the romanticism of college students.

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But, to those who’ve loved him, Mr. Lévy’s romanticism is more than justified by his almost cosmic ambition: to bring an older reality to the doorstep of a newer one, often from the front lines of the most dangerous places on earth. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "‘The Empire and the Five Kings’ Review: The Desert Grows," 12 Feb. 2019 At Milan Fashion Week that February, the Italian brand introduced a new creative director, Alessandro Michele, whose style was all about eccentricity, romanticism, and ruffles. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 This new record combines Jencarlos' Caribbean rhythm and Joy's romanticism. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Listen to Ozuna's Latest Song 'Unica' & More," 1 May 2018 Entertainment was key for the couple throughout the entirety of the festive weekend, highlighting the authenticity, zest for life and romanticism of each special event. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Married in Marrakech: Jane Lerman & Shane Fonner's Desert Wedding," 31 May 2017 By the 1980s, when the brutal truths about the Soviet regime had become too well known for much romanticism to be left about the worker’s paradise, the KGB relied mostly on the simpler motive of money. Stephen Budiansky, WSJ, "‘The Spy and the Traitor’ Review: Inside the Mind of a Double Agent," 13 Sep. 2018 The incredibly detailed sets stood in contrast to the ethereal simplicity of the collection, which, in its romanticism, fits on a continuum with Cecilie Bahnsen and Simone Rocha. Vogue, "Oslo Fashion Week Opens With Tulle, Trenches, Garden Parties, and a Bit of Baroque," 15 Aug. 2018 The romanticism of driving into the sunset was too powerful a narcotic to ignore—and promised the sort of never-look-back escape that fueled office drones for generations to come. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 His larger-than-life symphonic romanticism is very much, readily identifiable regardless of the period or style his music is evoking on the big screen. John Von Rhein,, "John Williams explores galaxies far and near in enjoyable CSO program of his film music," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of romanticism

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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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