[ ak-uh-dem-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˌæk əˈdɛm əˌsɪz əm /


traditionalism or conventionalism in art, literature, etc.
thoughts, opinions, and attitudes that are purely speculative.
pedantic or formal quality.
Also academism.

Origin of academicism

First recorded in 1600–10; academic + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for academicism

  • Academicism, even in the narrow sense, owes much to this LL.D.

    The American Mind|Bliss Perry
  • It has already been said that the chief opponents of the academicism of Cabanel and Bougereau were the Impressionists.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art|John Gould Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for academicism


academism (əˈkædəˌmɪzəm)

/ (ˌækəˈdɛmɪˌsɪzəm) /


adherence to rules and traditions in art, literature, etc; conventionalism
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