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medievalism

or me·di·ae·val·ism

[ mee-dee-ee-vuh-liz-uhm, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh- ]

noun

  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.


medievalism

/ ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəˌlɪzəm /

noun

  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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Other Words From

  • anti·medi·aeval·ism noun
  • anti·medi·eval·ism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of medievalism1

First recorded in 1850–55; medieval + -ism
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Example Sentences

A country so energetic and advanced as Germany had clung, nevertheless, to many repellent principles of medievalism.

It is nothing to brag of, even if a man struggling against natural medievalism have entrenched himself in impressionist theory.

Julie and Suzanne followed von Arnheim to a stairway, and John was left alone with medievalism.

He excelled in rendering scenes of chivalry, of medievalism, and generally of the romantic aspects of the past.

He feared to offend a nation of readers reveling in the medievalism of Scott and Byron.

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