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Petrarchism

[ pee-trahr-kiz-uhm, pe- ]
/ ˈpi trɑrˌkɪz əm, ˈpɛ- /
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noun

the poetic style introduced by Petrarch and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.

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Also Pe·trar·chi·an·ism [pi-trahr-kee-uh-niz-uhm]. /pɪˈtrɑr ki əˌnɪz əm/.

Origin of Petrarchism

First recorded in 1880–85; Petrarch + -ism
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