- of, relating to, or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance: a romantic adventure.
- fanciful; impractical; unrealistic: romantic ideas.
- imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.
- characterized by a preoccupation with love or by the idealizing of love or one's beloved.
- displaying or expressing love or strong affection.
- ardent; passionate; fervent.
- (usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of literature and art that subordinates form to content, encourages freedom of treatment, emphasizes imagination, emotion, and introspection, and often celebrates nature, the ordinary person, and freedom of the spirit (contrasted with classical).
- of or relating to a musical style characteristic chiefly of the 19th century and marked by the free expression of imagination and emotion, virtuosic display, experimentation with form, and the adventurous development of orchestral and piano music and opera.
- imaginary, fictitious, or fabulous.
- noting, of, or pertaining to the role of a suitor or lover in a play about love: the romantic lead.
- a romantic person.
- a romanticist.
- romantics, romantic ideas, ways, etc.
Origin of romantic
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Examples from the Web for romantic
Within a few swipes, I was already feeling that burst of romantic optimism you need the first day of the (Christian) new year.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Yet, what my peers do not realize – or cannot handle – is that rejection is a necessary part of forging a romantic relationships.
In a romantic relationship, facing humiliation or awkwardness is a strong possibility.
So much of what is considered “romantic” is actually inappropriate, pressuring, or unnerving.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
One is time in romantic relationships, and one is time in family.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
"That's what your romantic boy out of a book has done," said Charles Merchant.Way of the Lawless
But what was all this to the romantic uncertainty as to what lay beyond!
That is romantic imagination; and the mischief it does is incalculable.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
This was not altogether because of her mother's romantic past, but because of her own manners and clothes.Quaint Courtships
All we're asking you to do, is not to go about imitating him with his romantic talk!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- of, relating to, imbued with, or characterized by romance
- evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love, esp idealized or sentimental lovea romantic woman; a romantic setting
- impractical, visionary, or idealistica romantic scheme
- often euphemistic imaginary or fictitiousa romantic account of one's war service
- (often capital) of or relating to a movement in European art, music, and literature in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, characterized by an emphasis on feeling and content rather than order and form, on the sublime, supernatural, and exotic, and the free expression of the passions and individuality
- a person who is romantic, as in being idealistic, amorous, or soulful
- a person whose tastes in art, literature, etc, lie mainly in romanticism; romanticist
- (often capital) a poet, composer, etc, of the romantic period or whose main inspiration or interest is romanticism
Word Origin and History for romantic
1650s, "of the nature of a literary romance," from French romantique, from Middle French romant "a romance," oblique case of Old French romanz "verse narrative" (see romance (n.)).
As a literary style, opposed to classical since before 1812; in music, from 1885. Meaning "characteristic of an ideal love affair" (such as usually formed the subject of literary romances) is from 1660s. Meaning "having a love affair as a theme" is from 1960. Related: Romantical (1670s); romantically. Cf. romanticism.
"an adherent of romantic virtues in literature," 1827, from romantic (adj.).