of, pertaining to, or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance: a romantic adventure.
fanciful; impractical; unrealistic: romantic ideas.
imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.
characterized by a preoccupation with love or by the idealizing of love or one's beloved.
displaying or expressing love or strong affection.
ardent; passionate; fervent.
(usually initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a style of literature and art that subordinates form to content, encourages freedom of treatment, emphasizes imagination, emotion, and introspection, and often celebrates nature, the ordinary person, and freedom of the spirit (contrasted with classical ).
of or pertaining to a musical style characteristic chiefly of the 19th century and marked by the free expression of imagination and emotion, virtuosic display, experimentation with form, and the adventurous development of orchestral and piano music and opera.
imaginary, fictitious, or fabulous.
noting, of, or pertaining to the role of a suitor or lover in a play about love: the romantic lead.
a romantic person.
romantics, romantic ideas, ways, etc.

1650–60; < French romantique, derivative of romant romaunt; see -ic

romantically, adverb
romanticalness, noun
antiromantic, adjective, noun
half-romantic, adjective
half-romantically, adverb
hyperromantic, adjective
hyperromantically, adverb
nonromantic, adjective, noun
nonromantically, adverb
post-Romantic, adjective
preromantic, adjective
proromantic, adjective
pseudoromantic, adjective
pseudoromantically, adverb
quasi-romantic, adjective
quasi-romantically, adverb
semiromantic, adjective
semiromantically, adverb
superromantic, adjective
superromantically, adverb
ultraromantic, adjective
unromantic, adjective
unromantically, adverb

2. extravagant, exaggerated, wild, imaginative, fantastic. 9. improbable, unreal.

2. practical, realistic. 9. probable.
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romantic (rəʊˈmæntɪk)
1.  of, relating to, imbued with, or characterized by romance
2.  evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love, esp idealized or sentimental love: a romantic woman; a romantic setting
3.  impractical, visionary, or idealistic: a romantic scheme
4.  euphemistic often imaginary or fictitious: a romantic account of one's war service
5.  (often capital) of or relating to a movement in European art, music, and literature in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, characterized by an emphasis on feeling and content rather than order and form, on the sublime, supernatural, and exotic, and the free expression of the passions and individuality
6.  a person who is romantic, as in being idealistic, amorous, or soulful
7.  a person whose tastes in art, literature, etc, lie mainly in romanticism; romanticist
8.  (often capital) a poet, composer, etc, of the romantic period or whose main inspiration or interest is romanticism
[C17: from French romantique, from obsolete romant story, romance, from Old French romansromance]

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Word Origin & History

1659, "of the nature of a literary romance," from Fr. romantique, from M.Fr. romant "a romance," oblique case of O.Fr. romanz "verse narrative" (see romance). As a literary style, opposed to classical since before 1812. Meaning "characteristic of an ideal love affair" (such
as usually formed the subject of literary romances) is from 1666. The noun meaning "an adherent of romantic virtues in literature" is from 1827. Romanticism first recorded 1803 as "a romantic idea;" generalized sense of "a tendency toward romantic ideas" is first recorded 1840.
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