Definition of "classicism" [clas•si•cism]

  • Aesthetic attitudes and principles manifested in the art, architecture, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome and characterized by emphasis on form, simplicity, proportion, and restraint. (noun)
  • Adherence to the aesthetic values embodied in ancient Greek and Roman art and literature. (noun)
  • Classical scholarship. (noun)
  • A Greek or Latin expression or idiom. (noun)

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Use "classicism" in a sentence
  • "Many other contemporaries, often in violent disagree - ment with Maurras and his group, also embraced what they called classicism: Julien Benda, a violent anti - romantic polemicist, highly rationalistic in outlook, recommended classicism."
  • "It will be fun to see how the local form of ballet classicism is looking."
  • "At the opposite end of the scale of cinematic classicism is the offbeat Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, William Greaves's meta-film from 1968, now released on DVD by Criterion along with its modern companion, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2½."