[pee-trahr-kiz-uhm, pe-]
the poetic style introduced by Petrarch and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.
Also, Petrarchianism [pi-trahr-kee-uh-niz-uhm] .

1880–85; Petrarch + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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