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[roh-man-tik] /roʊˈmæn tɪk/
of, relating 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, relating 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 relating 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.
Origin of romantic
1650-60; < French romantique, derivative of romant romaunt; see -ic
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for romantic
  • These observations are filtered through a mind that is alert, never sentimental, and deeply suspicious of romantic cant.
  • The size of the grains is measured in millionths of a meter, but the romantic journeys of pollen are epic.
  • But this romantic vision of an island paradise tells only half the tale.
  • And of course there are the halting attempts to create ever willing romantic androids.
  • In summer evenings you can see many romantic couples on this route as well as bikers, in-lane skaters, and joggers.
  • And if you go to find him-if you find him-you may discover there's nothing romantic about it.
  • It is difficult for a romantic theatre to maintain itself otherwise.
  • The author was probably ill-advised when he threw his work into the romantic form.
  • We might have treated this subject in the genteel, or in the romantic, or in the facetious manner.
  • The poem in its mock heroics is a sly satire of the grand manner of the romantic epic.
British Dictionary definitions for romantic


of, relating to, imbued with, or characterized by romance
evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love, esp idealized or sentimental love: a romantic woman, a romantic setting
impractical, visionary, or idealistic: a romantic scheme
(often euphemistic) imaginary or fictitious: a romantic account of one's war service
(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
a person who is romantic, as in being idealistic, amorous, or soulful
a person whose tastes in art, literature, etc, lie mainly in romanticism; romanticist
(often capital) a poet, composer, etc, of the romantic period or whose main inspiration or interest is romanticism
Derived Forms
romantically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French romantique, from obsolete romant story, romance, from Old French romansromance
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Word Origin and History for romantic

1650s, "of the nature of a literary romance," from French romantique, from Middle French romant "a romance," oblique case of Old French romanz "verse narrative" (see romance (n.)).

As a literary style, opposed to classical since before 1812; in music, from 1885. Meaning "characteristic of an ideal love affair" (such as usually formed the subject of literary romances) is from 1660s. Meaning "having a love affair as a theme" is from 1960. Related: Romantical (1670s); romantically. Cf. romanticism.


"an adherent of romantic virtues in literature," 1827, from romantic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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