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a. Of or relating to the Goths or their language.
b. Germanic; Teutonic.
2. Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.
a. Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.
b. Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.
4. Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.
5. often gothic Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
6. gothic Barbarous; crude.
1. The extinct East Germanic language of the Goths.
2. Gothic art or architecture.
4. A novel in a style emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
Word History: The expression Gothic romance unites two major influences in the development of European culture, the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes, such as the Goths, that invaded it. Gothic originally meant "having to do with the Goths or their language," but its meaning eventually came to encompass all the qualities associated with Germanic culture, especially the Germanic culture dominant during the medieval period after the fall of Rome. This period became a subject of popular literature in the 18th century, beginning with Horace Walpole's novel The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic Story (1765). From this work of Walpole's, filled with scenes of terror and gloom in a medieval setting, descended the modern literary genre of the gothic romance.
1. (Architecture) denoting, relating to, or resembling the style of architecture that was used in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries, characterized by the lancet arch, the ribbed vault, and the flying buttress. See also Gothic Revival
2. (Art Movements) of or relating to the style of sculpture, painting, or other arts as practised in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Movements) (sometimes not capital) of or relating to a literary style characterized by gloom, the grotesque, and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th century. When used of modern literature, films, etc, sometimes spelt: Gothick
4. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Goths or their language
5. (sometimes not capital) primitive and barbarous in style, behaviour, etc
6. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the Middle Ages
7. (Music, other) another word for Goth4
8. (Architecture) Gothic architecture or art
9. (Languages) the extinct language of the ancient Goths, known mainly from fragments of a translation of the Bible made in the 4th century by Bishop Wulfila. See also East Germanic
10. (Historical Terms) the extinct language of the ancient Goths, known mainly from fragments of a translation of the Bible made in the 4th century by Bishop Wulfila. See also East Germanic
11. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called (esp Brit): black letter the family of heavy script typefaces
12. (Music, other) another word for Goth3
1. (usu. cap.)
a. of or pertaining to a style of architecture prevalent in W Europe from the mid-12th to the 16th century, characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses, rich ornamentation, and a progressive lightening of structure.
b. of or pertaining to a style of architecture imitating Gothic forms and motifs.
2. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Goths or their language.
3. (usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.
4. (sometimes cap.) barbarous or crude.
5. (often cap.) of or pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, mysterious, sinister, or violent events, and, in contemporary fiction, an imperiled heroine.n.
6. (usu. cap.) the arts, crafts, or architecture of the Gothic period.
7. (cap.) the extinct East Germanic language of the Goths, preserved esp. in Ulfilas' 4th-century translation of the Bible. Abbr.: Go
8. (often cap.) a novel, play, film, etc., in the gothic style.
9. (often cap.)
a. a square-cut printing type without serifs or hairlines.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
the general term employed to denote the several phases of European architecture in the period 1100-1530 that employ the pointed arch, or their imitations.See also: Architecture
A style characterized by gloom, the grotesque and supernatural, popular in the late eighteenth century and revived in the twentieth; often set in ruined castles, abbeys, or old houses.
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|Noun||1.||Gothic - extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas|
|2.||Gothic - a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries|
|3.||Gothic - a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches|
architectural style, style of architecture, type of architecture - architecture as a kind of art form
|Adj.||1.||Gothic - characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German|
|2.||Gothic - of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; "the Gothic Bible translation"|
|3.||Gothic - of or relating to the Goths; "Gothic migrations"|
|4.||gothic - as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating"|
nonmodern - not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
|5.||gothic - characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"|
literature - creative writing of recognized artistic value
Gothic[ˈgɒθɪk] adj → gothique
people, language, script, lettering → gotisch
(Art) → gotisch; the Gothic age → das Zeitalter der Gotik; Gothic Revival (Archit) → Neugotik f; Gothic Revival architecture → neugotische Architektur