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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A revival of classical aesthetics and forms, especially:
  • n. A revival in literature in the late 17th and 18th centuries, characterized by a regard for the classical ideals of reason, form, and restraint.
  • n. A revival in the 18th and 19th centuries in architecture and art, especially in the decorative arts, characterized by order, symmetry, and simplicity of style.
  • n. A movement in music lasting roughly from 1915 to 1940 that sought to avoid subjective emotionalism and to return to the style of the pre-Romantic composers.

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  • n. any of several movements in the arts, architecture, literature and music that revived forms from earlier centuries

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a revival of the classical Greek and Roman style in art or literature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being neoclassic; revival of classic style in art or literature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation

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