the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome.
adherence to such principles.
the classical style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with romanticism ). Compare classical ( def 7 ).
a Greek or Latin idiom or form, especially one used in some other language.
classical scholarship or learning.
Also, classicalism [klas-i-kuh-liz-uhm] .

1820–30; classic + -ism

classicistic [klas-uh-sis-tik] , adjective
anticlassicalism, noun
anticlassicism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To classicistic
World English Dictionary
classicism or classicalism (ˈklæsɪˌsɪzəm, ˈklæsɪkəˌlɪzəm)
1.  Compare neoclassicism a style based on the study of Greek and Roman models, characterized by emotional restraint and regularity of form, associated esp with the 18th century in Europe; the antithesis of romanticism
2.  knowledge or study of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome
3.  a.  a Greek or Latin form or expression
 b.  an expression in a modern language, such as English, that is modelled on a Greek or Latin form
classicalism or classicalism

classicist or classicalist (ˈklæsɪsɪst, ˈklæsɪkəlɪst)
1.  a.  a student of ancient Latin and Greek
 b.  a person who advocates the study of ancient Latin and Greek
2.  an adherent of classicism in literature or art
classicalist or classicalist
classicistic or classicalist

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"classical style in art or literature," 1830, from classic + -ism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

classicism definition

An approach to aesthetics that favors restraint, rationality, and the use of strict forms in literature, painting, architecture, and other arts. It flourished in ancient Greece and Rome, and throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Classicists often derived their models from the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Note: Classicism is sometimes considered the opposite of romanticism.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature