romantic

Definitions

  • "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."
    "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj romantic expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance "her amatory affairs","amorous glances","a romantic adventure","a romantic moonlight ride"
    • adj romantic not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic "as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood","a romantic disregard for money","a wild-eyed dream of a world state"
    • adj romantic belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts "romantic poetry"
    • n romantic a soulful or amorous idealist
    • n romantic an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only
    • Romantic Characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque; -- applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape.
    • Romantic Entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind.
    • Romantic Of or pertaining to romance; involving or resembling romance; hence, fanciful; marvelous; extravagant; unreal; as, a romantic tale; a romantic notion; a romantic undertaking. "Can anything in nature be imagined more profane and impious, more absurd, and undeed romantic , than such a persuasion?""Zeal for the good of one's country a party of men have represented as chimerical and romantic ."
    • Romantic Of or pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages, as opposed to the classical antique; of the nature of, or appropriate to, that style; as, the romantic school of poets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • romantic Pertaining to or resembling romance, or an ideal state of things; partaking of the heroic, the marvelous, the supernatural, or the imaginative; chimerical; fanciful; extravagantly enthusiastic: as, romantic notions; romantic expectations; romantic devotion.
    • romantic Pertaining to romances or the popular literature of the middle ages; hence, improbable; fabulous; fictitious.
    • romantic Wildly or impressively picturesque; characterized by poetic or inspiring scenery; suggesting thoughts of romance: as, a romantic prospect; a romantic glen.
    • romantic In music, noting a style, work, or musician characterized by less attention to the formal and objective methods of composition than to the expression of subjective feeling; sentimental; imaginative; passionate: opposed to classical.
    • romantic Romantic in music, as elsewhere, is a relative word; it denotes especially the style, tendency, or school represented by Von Weber, Schumann, Chopin, Wagner, and others, and by certain works or characteristics of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.
    • romantic In architecture and art, fanciful; fantastic; not formal or classical; characterized by pathos. See pathos, 2.
    • romantic Synonyms Romantic, Sentimental. Sentimental is used in reference to the feelings, romantic in reference to the imagination. Sentimental is used in a sense unfavorable, but in all degrees: as, an amiably sentimental person; the sentimental pity that would surround imprisoned criminals with luxuries. “The sentimental person is one of wrong or excessive sensibility, or who imports mere sentiment into matters worthy of more vigorous thought.” (C. J. Smith, Syn. Disc., p. 680.) Romantic, when applied to character, is generally unfavorable, but in all degrees, implying that the use of the imagination is extravagant. A romantic person indulges his imagination in the creation and contemplation of scenes of ideal enterprise, adventure, and enjoyment. A romantic tendency is often a part of the exuberance of youthful vitality, and may be disciplined into imaginative strength; sentimentality is a sort of mental sickliness or degeneration, and is not easily recovered from.
    • n romantic An adherent of the romantic school. See romantic school, under I.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Romantic rō-man′tik pertaining to or resembling romance: fictitious: extravagant, wild: fantastic: sentimental: imaginative
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Quotations

  • Eli Cass
    Eli Cass
    “Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.”
  • Italo Calvino
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    “What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.”
  • Andre Maurois
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    “We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity -- gunpowder and romantic love.”
  • Margaret Anderson
    Margaret Anderson
    “In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.”
  • Anita Brookner
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    “The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. romantique, fr. OF. romant,. See Romance

Usage

In literature:

Here is pure Romantic Comedy, such as Greene imitated and Shakespeare made delightful.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Women said they would have done the same, and envied her her romantic situation.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
In subject he was more romantic and chivalric than religious, though painting a number of altar-pieces.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
She combined a romantic heart with a practical head in a way peculiar to her nation.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Nor is it hard to discern the Christian origins of later Romantic poetry.
"Romance Two Lectures" by Walter Raleigh
You'd think it jolly well romantic if you read it in a book.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
It is full of all the romantic properties.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
This fellow looked just the figure for high romantic pictures.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
Aline knew that in appearance they were a romantic pair of travelling companions.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Perhaps he feared that my "romantic beauty" might lose its romance, when seen for the second time.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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In poetry:

But accept the friendship that can spring
Out of this romantic heart of mine,
Devoted, true and unwithering,
And for ever thine, for ever thine
"To J W" by Nora Pembroke
All hail! ye dear romantic scenes,
Where oft as eve stole o'er the sky,
Ye've found me by the mountain streams,
Where blooming wild-flowers charm the eye.
"All hail! ye dear romantic scenes" by Robert Tannahill
No more of old romantic sorrows,
For slaughtered Youth or love-lorn Maid!
With sharper grief is Yarrow smitten,
And Ettrick mourns with her their Poet dead.
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" by William Wordsworth
'You were a poet — quite the ideal
That we all love awhile:
But look at this man snoring here —
He's no romantic chanticleer,
Yet keeps me in good style.
"I Rose Up As My Custom Is" by Thomas Hardy
Is this the cause of your romantic strains ?
A mightier grief my heavy heart sustains.
As you by love, so I by fortune cross'd,
In one bad deal three Septleva's I lost.
"Thursday, the Bassette-Table" by Mary Wortley Montagu
Yet in the youthful breast, for ever caught
With some new object for romantic thought,
The impression of the moment quickly flies,
And with the morrow every sorrow dies.
"Childhood" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Love story vignettes comprise romantic comedy, 'Almost, Maine'.
Actors, from left, Jennifer Quinn and Brien Faucett rehearse a scene from, "Almost Maine," a romantic comedy presented by the New Depot Players, which opens on Thursday.
A romantic comedy mixed with SciFi makes delightful film.
Eintracht Frankfurt's fairy tale return to the Bundesliga has had the old romantics yearning for yesteryear.
True, there were some sad songs in the mix too, but the hope that was found in the music made me a hopeless romantic.
Looking to have a romantic getaway weekend without having to even leave the borough in which you live.
After Work, Bar Food, Hotel Bar, Lounge, Restaurant & Bar, Romantic, Singles Scene, Swank.
Woody Allen returns to form with comic romantic geometry of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'.
A romantic As You Like It from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
The co-writers of Universal's romantic comedy, who also star and direct, talk to THR about why the nudity joke may be over, and the expensive scene that didn't make the cut.
12 Things You Must Avoid to Have the Perfect Romantic Getaway.
New Rochelle natives Jessica Massa and Rebecca Wiegand think your romantic life is going a lot better than you realize.
Rosie Sultan's ' Helen Keller in Love': Touching, complex, romantic story.
We have romantic dinners, great conversation and so much in common.
Fact-Based Romantic Drama Directed by: Jan Kounen Starring: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova, Natach Lindinger, Grigori Manoukov.
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In science:

Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Urysohn’s paper was published posthumously, following his drowning in the Bay of Biscay at the age of 26 on his first visit to western Europe (one of the most romantic stories in mathematics).
The random graph
With the emergence of the romantic movement in the 19th century, a general decline was evident; theories of government became more radical, nationalism became fashionable in Europe, and music and literature increasingly reflected the social problems of the age.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
Bearman, P. S., Moody, J., and Stovel, K., Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks, Preprint, Department of Sociology, Columbia University (2002). Bekessy, A., Bekessy, P., and Komlos, J., Asymptotic enumeration of regular matrices, Stud.
The structure and function of complex networks
His romantic story starts with his “conversion” from an army career as an artillery officer to research in physics while interned in prison in Berlin during the first world war.
Concluding Remarks/Summary
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