Definition of romantic in English:

romantic

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Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Conducive to or characterized by the expression of love: a romantic candlelit dinner
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    • On our last evening in Maui, Daniel had prepared a very romantic, candlelit dinner on the shore.
    • A beautiful woman, home alone, begins to set the dinner table for a romantic meal: candles, roses, a bottle of champagne.
    • With white lights twinkling around the street-facing windows, a single red rose on our table and the candle lamp glowing between us, our fondue dinner felt almost romantic.
  • 1.1(Of a person) readily demonstrating feelings of love: he’s very handsome, and so romantic
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    • One sip and you know why romantic women fall in love with dark, pensive strangers.
    • He gave the impression of being a romantic rebel rather than a person of prime ministerial stature.
    • Nevertheless, James and Sylvia's connection counts as a love story, running as deep as any other romantic couple's, only in a different direction.
  • 1.2Relating to love, especially in a sentimental or idealized way: a romantic comedy
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    • Victorians idealized romantic love as an almost religious experience and utilized it to justify physical intimacy.
    • Women who love romantic comedy will love this movie.
    • I can enjoy a cheesy romantic comedy as much as the next girl, and I am absolutely blown away by some effects and stunts in action films.
    Synonyms
  • 3 (usually Romantic) Relating to or denoting the movement of romanticism: the Romantic tradition
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    • Perhaps more than any other Romantic composer, Berlioz found inspiration for his music in literature.
    • Beethoven delighted Rousseau's Romantic admirers with his demonstration of the moral force expressible in music.
    • He preferred to start again, with the result that he produced one of the finest concerti of the Romantic era.

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  • 2 (usually Romantic) A writer or artist of the Romantic movement: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the later Romantics
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    • Using the language of the Romantics or the Victorian poets, as so many Indo-English poets have done and still do, is disastrous.
    • The English Romantics - Samuel Coleridge in particular - imported many of these new German ideas to Britain.
    • Writers like the Romantics, who found mystery in the commonplace and saw the universal in each individual's experience, remind us to hope.

Derivatives

romantically

adverb
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  • Some say the sand is there as a reminder of 40 years in the desert; others, less romantically, that it is a fire precaution.
  • Some of the attempts were amateur and romantically inept.
  • His poems are full of lush details and sensual images, but he can also be extremely tender, almost romantically melancholic.

Origin

mid 17th century (referring to the characteristics of romance in a narrative): from archaic romaunt 'tale of chivalry', from an Old French variant of romanz (see romance).

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