Definition of romanticism in English:



  • 1A movement in the arts and literature that originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual.

    • ‘Was it this, the sense of art as supreme sacrifice, which appealed so strongly to Western romanticism and the avant-garde?’
    • ‘As the natural art of commemoration, sculpture took heart from romanticism, which fostered the remembrance of piety, power, talent, loyalty, or valour.’
    • ‘In common with other early nineteenth century literature, Emily Brontë's novel contains elements of romanticism, gothic, and fantasy.’
    • ‘The nineteenth century brought romanticism and realism.’
    • ‘The strange thing about his enthusiasm was that it was for one of the great works of 20th century romanticism and by the greatest romantic writer of the century.’
    • ‘I'm fascinated by the period of early romanticism, when the composers of the time continued to inhabit some classical conventions but work outwards from within those.’
    • ‘Balanced between neoclassicism and romanticism, the composition appears at once rigidly stable yet inherently fluid.’
    • ‘Literary romanticism and cultural nationalism informed the historical consciousness of regional raconteurs like Hall who looked for American themes within the history of the West.’
    • ‘Her argument about romanticism - which is one of the primary thrusts of the book - is based on the period's celebration of inwardness and the notion of an essential authorial subject.’
    • ‘This involved a step from classicism towards romanticism - which was also a shift from civilisation towards barbarism.’
    • ‘He exaggerates both romanticism's sense of the expansive subject and modernism's sense of the subject suspended within a complex web of signs.’
    • ‘Throughout his life he read voraciously about the great figures of European romanticism and symbolism.’
    • ‘It is this embattled romanticism that surfaces in Orwell's text in the form of paranoia.’
    • ‘However, Symphony #1 holds up quite well to the Haydn and Mozart models, and the 2nd Symphony is close to being a masterpiece of early romanticism.’
    • ‘Though natural history does not privilege the individual moment of perception in quite the way that romanticism does, it does rely on a process of imaginative synthesis.’
    • ‘Marx detested romanticism, emotionalism, sentimentalism and humanitarianism of any kind.’
    • ‘British romanticism transformed the landscape aesthetic towards seeing mountains as sublime and picturesque.’
    mawkishness, over-sentimentality, sentimentalism, emotionalism, overemotionalism
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  • 2The state or quality of being romantic.

    ‘a quality of romanticism about women that leads to the creation of a pipe-dream fantasy’
    • ‘‘There was a romanticism about it and a mystery,’ he says.’
    • ‘Maggie saw it, too, and with all the romanticism in a young woman's heart, she welcomed it.’
    • ‘He also had a certain romanticism and thrill about him which made me feel breathless and like I was ten feet above the ground, floating in the air.’
    • ‘It's got a certain romanticism, the radio does.’