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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-/
the spirit, practices, or methods of the Middle Ages.
devotion to or adoption of medieval ideals or practices.
a medieval belief, practice, or the like.
Origin of medievalism
First recorded in 1850-55; medieval + -ism
Related forms
antimediaevalism, noun
antimedievalism, noun Unabridged
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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
  • 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
  • It differs from medievalism only in degree, but not a whit in kind.

    Exempting the Churches James F. Morton. Jr.
  • As imparted in the universities and schools, it savored strongly of medievalism.

  • 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


the beliefs, life, or style of the Middle Ages or devotion to those
a belief, custom, or point of style copied or surviving from the Middle Ages
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Word Origin and History for medievalism

1846, from medieval + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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