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medievalism

or mediaevalism

[mee-dee-ee-vuh-liz-uh m, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh-] /ˌmi diˈi vəˌlɪz əm, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi və-/
noun
1.
the spirit, practices, or methods of the Middle Ages.
2.
devotion to or adoption of medieval ideals or practices.
3.
a medieval belief, practice, or the like.
Origin of medievalism
1850-1855
1850-55; medieval + -ism
Related forms
antimediaevalism, noun
antimedievalism, noun
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Examples from the Web for medievalism
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  • But above all, it is reminiscent of a medievalism wholly different from that of Beowulf.

    The Translations of Beowulf Chauncey Brewster Tinker
  • medievalism is attractive only when seen from a short distance.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • That great giant had not yet discarded the ways and habits of medievalism.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • As imparted in the universities and schools, it savored strongly of medievalism.

  • It differs from medievalism only in degree, but not a whit in kind.

    Exempting the Churches James F. Morton. Jr.
  • A country so energetic and advanced as Germany had clung, nevertheless, to many repellent principles of medievalism.

    The Hosts of the Air Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And the customs of the town still have a savor of medievalism—bulls were baited within the memory of living men.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • It is a medieval city modernised, but without the flavour of the medievalism being spoiled.

    England Frank Fox
  • He feared to offend a nation of readers reveling in the medievalism of Scott and Byron.

    The Translations of Beowulf Chauncey Brewster Tinker
  • In a land of democracy, even these last remnants of the scourge of medievalism are wiped out.

    Exempting the Churches James F. Morton. Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for medievalism

medievalism

/ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the beliefs, life, or style of the Middle Ages or devotion to those
2.
a belief, custom, or point of style copied or surviving from the Middle Ages
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Word Origin and History for medievalism
n.

1846, from medieval + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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