- the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome.
- adherence to such principles.
- the classical style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with romanticism).Compare classical(def 7).
- a Greek or Latin idiom or form, especially one used in some other language.
- classical scholarship or learning.
Origin of classicism
Related Words for classicalismgrandeur, majesty, symmetry, purity, polish, clarity, severity, proportion, elegance, rhythm, objectivity, simplicity, finish, sobriety, formality, refinement, lucidity, class, dignity, propriety
Examples from the Web for classicalism
Historical Examples of classicalism
Flaxman, to his credit, in spite of his classicalism, was one of the first to draw attention 32to the work.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells
The United States, you imagine, would of all nations be the freest from classicalism.
The psychological descent into classicalism is always a strong possibility.
- a style based on the study of Greek and Roman models, characterized by emotional restraint and regularity of form, associated esp with the 18th century in Europe; the antithesis of romanticismCompare neoclassicism
- knowledge or study of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome
- a Greek or Latin form or expression
- an expression in a modern language, such as English, that is modelled on a Greek or Latin form
An approach to aesthetics that favors restraint, rationality, and the use of strict forms in literature, painting, architecture, and other arts. It flourished in ancient Greece and Rome, and throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Classicists often derived their models from the ancient Greeks and Romans.