[ kroh-mat-uh-siz-uhm, kruh- ]

  1. the use of chromatic tones.

  2. a style in which chromatic tones predominate.

Origin of chromaticism

First recorded in 1875–80; chromatic + -ism

Words Nearby chromaticism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chromaticism in a sentence

  • One should notice the predilection of Steffani (like the great Italians of his time) for chromaticism and his contrapuntal taste.

    Handel | Romain Rolland