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Definition of "romantic" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of romance. (adjective)
  • Given to thoughts or feelings of romance. See Synonyms at sentimental. (adjective)
  • Displaying, expressive of, or conducive to love: a romantic atmosphere. (adjective)
  • Imaginative but impractical; visionary: romantic notions. (adjective)
  • Not based on fact; imaginary or fictitious: His memoirs were criticized as a romantic view of the past. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, imbued with, or characterized by romance (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Evoking or given to thoughts and feelings of love, esp idealized or sentimental love (adjective)
  • Impractical, visionary, or idealistic (adjective)
  • Imaginary or fictitious (adjective)
  • 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 (adjective)
  • A person who is romantic, as in being idealistic, amorous, or soulful (noun)
  • A person whose tastes in art, literature, etc, lie mainly in romanticism; romanticist (noun)
  • A poet, composer, etc, of the romantic period or whose main inspiration or interest is romanticism (noun)

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Use "romantic" in a sentence
  • "The term romantic is here used in a technical sense; that is, to distinguish the Shakespearian from the Classic Drama."
  • "But as Steve Chapman writes, the truth is that the term romantic boys is not an oxymoron."
  • "Your next film is "Nan Jing East Road," which you describe as a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of Taiwan's economic boom in the 1980s."