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
    • ‘In this fertile period he has embraced aspects of classicism, formalism, surrealism and most obviously, postmodernism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Architecture after about 1580 was inspired by medieval ideals of chivalry as much as by Renaissance classicism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roman classicism had inspired Palladian architecture which was favoured by the Whig ascendancy in Britain.’
    • ‘This involved a step from classicism towards romanticism - which was also a shift from civilisation towards barbarism.’
    • ‘Projecting onto Homeric poetry the aesthetic principles of classicism, she wanted its perfection of form and content always to be emphasized.’
    • ‘Art historians today emphasize his fundamental role in the complex cultural evolution of Renaissance ideals, successfully integrating Christianity and classicism in a perfect synthesis.’
    • ‘There was no simple retreat from austere aristocratic classicism to bourgeois romanticism.’
    • ‘Increased consciousness of empire and respect for the clarity of French classicism had much to do with this change.’
    • ‘That's the difference between romanticism and classicism.’
    • ‘This last consideration is too often forgotten in the tiresomely polarised debate about modernism and classicism which continues to rage.’
    • ‘A period of classicism in the eighteenth century saw the development of political and social satire, comedy, and romanticism.’
    • ‘He was also influenced, though, by ancient Roman architecture and Scandinavian modern classicism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Greek and Roman classicism had been an important part of that tradition.’
    • ‘Principles typically associated with classicism include order, proportion, balance, harmony, decorum, avoidance of excess.’
    • ‘Roman classicism was the inspiration for this popular pattern.’
    • ‘In spite of postmodernism's loosening of the modernist canon, the stigma against classicism remains robust.’
    1. 1.1 The following of traditional and long-established theories or styles.
      ‘he would never substitute arid classicism for personal taste and character’
      • ‘If this is classicism, it's classicism at its highest artistic point of subtlety and complexity.’
      • ‘Elegance, classicism and restraint are never out of style.’
      • ‘It starts with three friends with deeply personal agendas to condemn fascism, elitism, classicism, racism and sexism.’
      • ‘The classicism associated with Indian spin is clearly a post-war phenomenon.’
      • ‘A stickler for classicism, he follows the traditional style in composing ghazals.’

Pronunciation

classicism

/ˈklasɪsɪz(ə)m/