or me·di·ae·val·ism

[mee-dee-ee-vuh-liz-uh m, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh-]
  1. the spirit, practices, or methods of the Middle Ages.
  2. devotion to or adoption of medieval ideals or practices.
  3. a medieval belief, practice, or the like.

Origin of medievalism

First recorded in 1850–55; medieval + -ism
Related formsan·ti·me·di·ae·val·ism, nounan·ti·me·di·e·val·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for medievalism

Historical Examples of medievalism

  • This measure cannot satisfy the claims of either democracy or medievalism.

    Exempting the Churches

    James F. Morton. Jr.

  • It differs from medievalism only in degree, but not a whit in kind.

    Exempting the Churches

    James F. Morton. Jr.

  • That great giant had not yet discarded the ways and habits of medievalism.

    Philip Dru: Administrator

    Edward Mandell House

  • The blood-feud is simply a horrible survival of medievalism.

  • Medievalism continued its sway but with some new developments.


    Ashley H. Thorndike

British Dictionary definitions for medievalism



  1. the beliefs, life, or style of the Middle Ages or devotion to those
  2. a belief, custom, or point of style copied or surviving from the Middle Ages
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Word Origin and History for medievalism

1846, from medieval + -ism.

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