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[gong-guh-riz-uh m, gawng-]
  1. imitation of the ornate and intricate style of Góngora y Argote.
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Origin of Gongorism

From the Spanish word gongorismo, dating back to 1805–15. See Góngora y Argote, -ism
Related formsGon·go·rist, nounGon·go·ris·tic, adjective
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Related Words for gongorism

grandiloquence, rhetoric, bombast, delicacy, wordiness, pomposity, fustian, Gongorism, purism

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Historical Examples of gongorism

  • He was accused of 'Gongorism', and this piece is one somewhat of 'conviction'.

    Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III

    John Cleveland

  • The same essay contains very useful information on Gongorism and other kinds of affected styles of the sixteenth century.

British Dictionary definitions for gongorism


  1. an affected literary style characterized by intricate language and obscurity
  2. an example of this
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Derived FormsGongorist, nounGongoristic, adjective

Word Origin for Gongorism

C19: from Spanish gongorismo; see Góngora y Argote
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