[ak-uh-dem-uh-siz-uh m]


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for academicism

Historical Examples of academicism

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

  • It has already been said that the chief opponents of the academicism of Cabanel and Bougereau were the Impressionists.

British Dictionary definitions for academicism


academism (əˈkædəˌmɪzəm)


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