(Ro*man"tic) a. [F. romantique, fr. OF. romant. See Romance.]
1. 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?South.
Zeal for the good of one's country a party of men have represented as chimerical and romantic.Addison.
2. Entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind.
3. 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.
4. Characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque;
applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape.
Syn. Sentimental; fanciful; fantastic; fictitious; extravagant; wild; chimerical. See Sentimental.
The romantic drama. See under Drama.
(Ro*man"tic*al) a. Romantic.
(Ro*man"tic*al*y), adv. In a romantic manner.
(Ro*man"ti*cism) n. [CF. It. romanticismo, F. romantisme, romanticisme.] A fondness
for romantic characteristics or peculiarities; specifically, in modern literature, an aiming at romantic effects;
applied to the productions of a school of writers who sought to revive certain medival forms and methods
in opposition to the so-called classical style.
He [Lessing] may be said to have begun the revolt from pseudo-classicism in poetry, and to have been
thus unconsciously the founder of romanticism.Lowell.
(Ro*man"ti*cist) n. One who advocates romanticism in modern literature. J. R. Seeley.
(Ro*man"tic*ly) adv. Romantically. [R.] Strype.
(Ro*man"tic*ness) n. The state or quality of being romantic; widness; fancifulness. Richardson.
(Rom"a*ny) n. [Gypsy romano, romani, adj., gypsy; cf. rom husband.]
1. A gypsy.
2. The language spoken among themselves by the gypsies. [Written also Rommany.]
(||Ro*man"za) n. [It.] See Romance, 5.
(Ro*maunt") n. [See Romance.] A romantic story in verse; as, the "Romaunt of the Rose."
O, hearken, loving hearts and bold,Mrs. Browning.
Unto my wild romaunt.
(Rom"ble) v.& n. Rumble. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Rom*bow"line) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) Old, condemned canvas, rope, etc., unfit
for use except in chafing gear. [Written also rumbowline.]