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.
Recent Examples on the Web Along with the hard-headed reasons that some voted to leave, there was a lot of romanticism about the United Kingdom claiming back its status as a sovereign nation. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK will never get the US trade deal it wants," 6 Nov. 2019 Dreamlike black-and-white cinematography that pivots between aspect ratios, brushed with a jazzy score, elegantly suits the biting romanticism of this bite-size reverie. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Drug-fueled romp ‘Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out’ trips the night fantastic," 26 Sep. 2019 There are no colorful caricatures here, no hoodlum romanticism. Rick Kogan,, "Brave book ‘Chicagohoodz’ offers an illustrated history, of sorts, of Chicago street gangs," 26 Aug. 2019 Drawing from symphonies, chamber music and conceptualism, electro-acoustic fusions, neo-romanticism and choral music, string quartets, song cycles and serialism, Reynolds embraces and expands many traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Classical music: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds a whirlwind of music," 15 Sep. 2019 Today, much of the history of dairy in Wisconsin is bathed in romanticism. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 Hailing from Gainesville, the ’90s folk pop quintet seemed like a comforting older sibling to O-Town’s angsty Matchbox Twenty and the tween romanticism of our boy bands. Trevor Fraser,, "Sister Hazel will kick off college football at Camping World," 10 Aug. 2019 Many of the pretty print dresses favored by today’s street-style set have a sort of Bloomsbury romanticism. Vogue, "Inspired by Vita & Virginia, 5 Takes on English Country Style," 22 Aug. 2019 As Robert Chandler, Grossman’s longtime translator, has written, Grossman retained at least some degree of revolutionary romanticism until his last days. . . . Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of romanticism

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

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Cite this Entry

“Romanticism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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