ro·​man·​tism | \ rōˈman‧ˌtizəm \
plural -s

Definition of romantism

: romanticism moonshine romantism idealizing slave-holding aristocrats— J. F. Dobie

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First Known Use of romantism

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for romantism

French romantisme, from romantique + -isme -ism

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“Romantism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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