- 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.
- a romanticist.
- romantics, romantic ideas, ways, etc.
Origin of romantic
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Examples from the Web for unromantic
It would have been easy to pity—and forget—the women that Davis played: ordinary, working class, and unromantic.Ann B. Davis Was the Zesty Antidote to the Bradys
June 2, 2014
Tear out your guts and put them on the page, with scrupulous, faithful, unromantic honesty.Boys Don’t Cry: In Praise of Sentiment
Andrew Sean Greer
June 26, 2013
And Yahoo above all reminds us just how unromantic and unforgiving the golly-gee world of new technology is.Onetime Internet Darling Yahoo Now on a Deathwatch
January 5, 2012
Plus, lighter anecdotes from Rumsfeld's memoir, including his unromantic proposal and his take on Hurricane Katrina.Rumsfeld, Still Defiant
February 2, 2011
All here is half-European, unromantic, not very picturesque.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
To poor Mary this seemed to be most unromantic, most unpromising.Is He Popenjoy?
Swift in the wake of sorrow came the unromantic form of toil.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
It will do you good to stay a while with my good, methodical, unromantic wife.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
Such things did not happen these unromantic days to musical celebrities.The Place of Honeymoons
- not of, related to, imbued with, or characterized by romance
- of, relating to, imbued with, or characterized by romance
- evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love, esp idealized or sentimental lovea romantic woman; a romantic setting
- impractical, visionary, or idealistica romantic scheme
- often euphemistic imaginary or fictitiousa 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
Word Origin and History for unromantic
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.).