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[pree-raf-ee-uh-lahyt, -rey-fee-] /priˈræf i əˌlaɪt, -ˈreɪ fi-/
any of a group of English artists (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) formed in 1848, and including Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who aimed to revive the style and spirit of the Italian artists before the time of Raphael.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Origin of Pre-Raphaelite
First recorded in 1840-50; pre- + Raphael + -ite1
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Pre-Raphaelitism, noun Unabridged
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  • He did not hold to his early convictions however, and soon abandoned the Pre-Raphaelite methods for a more conventional style.

  • I learned afterwards that Whaley, the Pre-Raphaelite, had used the place as a studio.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Such pictures, painted in detail with a Pre-Raphaelite minuteness, are not of the nature of legends.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • I'd rather be an Impressionist than a Pre-Raphaelite any day.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • That strange light was on everything, of which modern Pre-Raphaelite painters are so fond.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • One of the famous English school of so called Pre-Raphaelite painters.

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  • The artist's early drawings, where his native tastes break into expression, are Pre-Raphaelite in feeling.

  • The Pre-Raphaelite atmosphere of the play will escape no one.

  • From some such p. 163feeling came the Pre-Raphaelite movement of our own day and the archaistic movement of later Greek sculpture.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • It has a sort of Pre-Raphaelite tendency which does not suit my aged feelings.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
British Dictionary definitions for Pre-Raphaelite


a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an association of British painters and writers including Rossetti, Holman Hunt, and Millais, founded in 1848 to combat the shallow conventionalism of academic painting and revive the fidelity to nature and the vivid realistic colour that they considered typical of Italian painting before Raphael
of, in the manner of, or relating to Pre-Raphaelite painting and painters
Derived Forms
Pre-Raphaelitism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Pre-Raphaelite
n., adj.

c.1848, in reference to the "brotherhood" (founded 1847) of Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and others (seven in all) who, encouraged by Ruskin, sought to revive the naturalistic spirit of art in the age before Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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