romantic : Common Errors in English

About romantic

If you are studying the arts, it’s important to know that the word “romantic” is used in such contexts to mean much more than “having to do with romantic love.” It originated in the Middle Ages to label sensational narratives written in romance languages—rather than Latin—depicting events like the fall of King Arthur’s Round Table (in French, novels are still called romans whether they depict love affairs or not). In literature and art it often refers to materials that are horrifying, exotic, enthralling, or otherwise emotionally stimulating to an extreme degree. A romantic art song is as likely to beabout death as about love.

romantic Meaning(s)

  • (n) a soulful or amorous idealist
  • (n) an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism
  • (a) belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts
  • (s) expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
  • (s) not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

romantic in News

  1. Cuyahoga Valley: A spiritual retreat

    There's romance in our National Parks, and not just the human kind. A self-described hopeless romantic, park ranger Margaret Adams likes to lead the full moon night hikes at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. It Turns Out That Getting Married At IKEA Can Be Romantic

    When we hear IKEA, we think of horse meatballs , monkeys , and that hilarious Louie episode —but we don't normally associate the Swedish domesticity warehouse with romance. Not so for Shirley and Berkely Smith, who originally met at an IKEA in New Jersey over seven years ago. The two tied the knot this past weekend, and they did so at the most romantic place they could think of: IKEA. [ more › ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gothamist

  3. Pregnant Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Take Romantic Stroll Through Paris—See Her Growing Baby Bump!

    Baby takes Paris! Halle Berry and her fiancé Olivier Martinez took a romantic stroll through the City of Light earlier today. The couple were spotted walking hand-in-hand...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: E! Online

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