Definitions for: Romanticism


[n] impractical romantic ideals and attitudes
[n] an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
[n] a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ro*man"ti*cism, n. [CF. It. romanticismo, F.
romantisme, romanticisme.]
A fondness for romantic characteristics or peculiarities;
specifically, in modern literature, an aiming at romantic
effects; -- applied to the productions of a school of writers
who sought to revive certain medi?val forms and methods in
opposition to the so-called classical style.

He [Lessing] may be said to have begun the revolt from
pseudo-classicism in poetry, and to have been thus
unconsciously the founder of romanticism. --Lowell.

Synonyms: romance

Antonyms: classicism

See Also: artistic style, arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, idealism, idiom, liberal arts, quality, stardust

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