noun Date: 1823 1. often capitalized a. (1) a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms (2) an aspect of romanticism b. adherence to a romantic attitude or style 2. the quality or state of being romantic • romanticist noun, often capitalized

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