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

  • n. An artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual's expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions.
  • n. Romantic quality or spirit in thought, expression, or action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A romantic quality, spirit or action

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being romantic; specifically, in lit., the use of romantic forms shown in the reaction from classical to medieval models which originated in Germany in the last half of the eighteenth century. Similar reactions took place at a later period in France and England. See romantic school, under romantic.
  • n. Romantic feeling, expression, action, or conduct; a tendency to romance.

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

  • n. a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
  • n. an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
  • n. impractical romantic ideals and attitudes


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  • I will attempt to translate this one but need a little more time to sift all the romanticism from the sweetness of its flavor.

    Amor y romanticismo 3

  • Levinson, our alienation from romanticism is an index of our modernity and hence our critical agency.

    Afterword: Secularism, Cosmopolitanism, and Romanticism

  • In other words, romanticism is a key example of the process that is usually described as secularization, with emphasis on the term's irreducible ambiguity: is it more of a break with religion or more a continuation of it?

    Afterword: Secularism, Cosmopolitanism, and Romanticism

  • For Levinson, our alienation from romanticism is an index of our modernity and hence our critical agency; for


  • Where Abrams had sought in romanticism a cure for modernity, McGann revealed romanticism as a textual and historical moment marked by difference and ideological contestation.


  • The very term romanticism is often traced back to the medieval novel of chivalry in which the hero's lonely fight against evil, sin, and moral weakness is fuelled by the twin motivation of faith and love, hence reflecting a universe in which the individual is unified with and understands himself through the de facto tradition to which he pledges allegiance.

    Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg [Novalis]

  • He was most interested in German romanticism, but also looked at other members of the larger movement he referred to as the ˜Counter-Enlightenment™.

    Isaiah Berlin

  • Suchwas Goethe (for all that he called romanticism a “sick - ness”); Herder for his new views of history; and

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • This nationalism which based itself upon the vague and semimystical concept of folk and folk culture made its most significant contribution to the development of nationalism in German romanticism, and, under its influence, in Russian Slavophilism.


  • His childish, inadequate view of the world-his religious inflexibility, fueled by alcohol and a self-aggrandizing "romanticism" - breaks under the strain of his contradictions and he erupts.

    All Stories | The New York Observer


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  • You old stick-in-the-mud, WordNet.

    September 20, 2008