Definition of romanticism in English:

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Pronunciation: /rōˈman(t)əˌsizəm/


1 (often Romanticism) A movement in the arts and literature that originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual.

Romanticism was a reaction against the order and restraint of classicism and neoclassicism, and a rejection of the rationalism that characterized the Enlightenment. In music, the period embraces much of the 19th century, with composers including Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, and Wagner. Poets exemplifying the movement include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats; among romantic painters are such stylistically diverse artists as William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, Delacroix, and Goya.

Example sentences
  • In common with other early nineteenth century literature, Emily Brontë's novel contains elements of romanticism, gothic, and fantasy.
  • Balanced between neoclassicism and romanticism, the composition appears at once rigidly stable yet inherently fluid.
  • This involved a step from classicism towards romanticism - which was also a shift from civilisation towards barbarism.
2The state or quality of being romantic: a quality of romanticism about women that leads to the creation of a pipe-dream fantasy
More example sentences
  • ‘There was a romanticism about it and a mystery,’ he says.
  • It's got a certain romanticism, the radio does.
  • He also had a certain romanticism and thrill about him which made me feel breathless and like I was ten feet above the ground, floating in the air.

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Syllabification: ro·man·ti·cism

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