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[pee-trahr-kist, pe-]
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  1. a person who imitates the literary style employed by Petrarch, especially the poets of the English Renaissance who employed the Petrarchan sonnet style.

Origin of Petrarchist

First recorded in 1815–25; Petrarch + -ist
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Historical Examples

  • The Petrarchist would have loathed the Platonist as a moral Pariah.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • Surrey, while adopting the form of the sonnet, kept quite clear of the Petrarchist's mannerism.

  • Even Michelangelo Buonarroti was at times a Petrarchist, but his poems bear the stamp of his extraordinary and original genius.

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