Definition of classicism in English:

classicism

noun

mass noun
  • 1The following of ancient Greek or Roman principles and style in art and literature, generally associated with harmony, restraint, and adherence to recognized standards of form and craftsmanship, especially from the Renaissance to the 18th century.

    Often contrasted with romanticism
    • ‘The range of his pictorial language remained broad, with a variety of classicism and naturalism from one large canvas to the next, and sometimes within individual works.’
    • ‘Roman classicism was the inspiration for this popular pattern.’
    • ‘There was no simple retreat from austere aristocratic classicism to bourgeois romanticism.’
    • ‘Mies also was influenced by the pure classicism of ancient Greek architecture, as seen in his proposal for the Bismarck Monument of 1910, which includes a super-scaled colonnade.’
    • ‘Greek and Roman classicism had been an important part of that tradition.’
    • ‘Projecting onto Homeric poetry the aesthetic principles of classicism, she wanted its perfection of form and content always to be emphasized.’
    • ‘In spite of postmodernism's loosening of the modernist canon, the stigma against classicism remains robust.’
    • ‘Principles typically associated with classicism include order, proportion, balance, harmony, decorum, avoidance of excess.’
    • ‘This involved a step from classicism towards romanticism - which was also a shift from civilisation towards barbarism.’
    • ‘It is easy to appreciate the breadth of the works on display, as they cover artistic concepts ranging from classicism to abstraction, and record the influence of European as well as local movements.’
    • ‘This last consideration is too often forgotten in the tiresomely polarised debate about modernism and classicism which continues to rage.’
    • ‘Roman classicism had inspired Palladian architecture which was favoured by the Whig ascendancy in Britain.’
    • ‘Increased consciousness of empire and respect for the clarity of French classicism had much to do with this change.’
    • ‘Art historians today emphasize his fundamental role in the complex cultural evolution of Renaissance ideals, successfully integrating Christianity and classicism in a perfect synthesis.’
    • ‘He was also influenced, though, by ancient Roman architecture and Scandinavian modern classicism.’
    • ‘A period of classicism in the eighteenth century saw the development of political and social satire, comedy, and romanticism.’
    • ‘This robust, indecorous, and accommodating vernacular tradition was not universally hostile to the spirit or methods of Renaissance classicism: it simply took from them what it wanted and adapted it to local practice.’
    • ‘Architecture after about 1580 was inspired by medieval ideals of chivalry as much as by Renaissance classicism.’
    • ‘In this fertile period he has embraced aspects of classicism, formalism, surrealism and most obviously, postmodernism.’
    • ‘That's the difference between romanticism and classicism.’
    1. 1.1 The following of traditional and long-established theories or styles.
      ‘he would never substitute arid classicism for personal taste and character’
      • ‘A stickler for classicism, he follows the traditional style in composing ghazals.’
      • ‘It starts with three friends with deeply personal agendas to condemn fascism, elitism, classicism, racism and sexism.’
      • ‘If this is classicism, it's classicism at its highest artistic point of subtlety and complexity.’
      • ‘The classicism associated with Indian spin is clearly a post-war phenomenon.’
      • ‘Elegance, classicism and restraint are never out of style.’

Pronunciation

classicism

/ˈklasɪsɪz(ə)m/