(usually initial capital letter)Fine Arts. of, relating to, or designating a style of painting and sculpture developed principally from the mid-18th through the mid-19th centuries, characterized chiefly by an iconography derived from classical antiquity, a hierarchical conception of subject matter, severity of composition and, especially in painting, by an oblique lighting of forms in the early phase and a strict linear quality in the later phase of the style.
Architecture. of, relating to, or designating neoclassicism.
(sometimes initial capital letter)Literature. of, relating to, or designating a style of poetry or prose, developed chiefly in the 17th and 18th centuries, rigidly adhering to canons of form that were derived mainly from classical antiquity, that were exemplified by decorum of style or diction, the three unities, etc., and that emphasized an impersonal expression of universal truths as shown in human actions, representing them principally in satiric and didactic modes.
- Also ne·o·clas·si·cal, ne·o-clas·si·cal .
- ne·o·clas·si·cist, ne·o-clas·si·cist, noun
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How to use neoclassic in a sentence
The tale shows de Vil’s rise from scrubbing floors to rising fashion star and then, a car thief, hot-wiring a stolen neoclassic luxury car and skidding through the streets of London.Her crazy driving is a key element of Cruella de Vil’s evil. Here’s why. | Genevieve Carpio | April 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The engraved decoration of intersecting lines is typical of the neoclassic style.
neoclassic, its casa principal (main house) and chapel form an L, and fronting the L is a grove of palms.The Haciendas of Mexico | Paul Alexander Bartlett
I shall attempt no special pleading for Ogilvie here; he is and shall remain a minor neoclassic theorist.An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients | John Ogilvie
Hence he reflected the virtues of neoclassic perspicuity and correctness.Benjamin Franklin | Frank Luther Mott