romanticism

noun
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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Other Words from romanticism

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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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, orlandosentinel.com, "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 The granddaughter of a slave, Morrison wrote the novel that definitively dismantled a century of Southern romanticism. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Toni Morrison not only remade American literature, she challenged us to resist the tenacity of racism," 6 Aug. 2019 Walk away from a boisterous wisteria or honeysuckle and soon, i.e. in a matter of weeks, studied romanticism turns into gothic horror. Washington Post, "Vines are a romantic addition to the garden — until they go rogue," 9 July 2019 Theirs always was a loose affiliation; all were taught by Linda Loppa, but there was no mistaking the romanticism of Dries Van Noten for the Gothic leanings of Ann Demeuelemeester, say. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Walter Van Beirendonck Teams Up with House of Liza and FarFetch to Sell Special Archive Pieces," 21 June 2019 But this romanticism needs to be tempered by a healthy skepticism. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Is Infinity Real?’," 30 June 2016 Although the romanticism surrounding the shop and Khachan’s disposition are invaluable assets to the city, meeting rent requires more than magic. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "This Store Sells Only Chess-Related Products—With Hopes to Win Over Millennials," 21 July 2019

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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

: 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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