Definition of romanticism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmæntɪsɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊˈmæntɪsɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Styles of art, Romance
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  1. 1 (also Romanticism) a style and movement in art, music and literature in the late 18th and early 19th century, in which strong feelings, imagination and a return to nature were more important than reason, order and intellectual ideas compare realism Culture Romanticism was partly influenced by the American and French revolutions, and its main themes were the importance of imagination and feeling, the love of nature, and an interest in the past. In Britain, its greatest achievements were in poetry, especially that of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Blake and Byron. Romantic novels produced during this period include Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein. In painting, Romantic artists included Constable, Turner and Blake. See related entries: Styles of art
  2. 2the quality of seeing people, events and situations as more exciting and interesting than they really are
  3. 3strong feelings of love; the fact of showing emotion, affection, etc. See related entries: Romance
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