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1. The use or imitation of Gothic style, as in architecture.
2. A barbarous or crude manner or style.


1. (Art Terms) conformity to, use of, or imitation of the Gothic style, esp in architecture
2. crudeness of manner or style


(ˈgɒθ əˌsɪz əm)

1. conformity or devotion to the Gothic style.
2. the principles and techniques of the Gothic style.
3. (sometimes l.c.) barbarism; crudeness.


a style in fictional literature characterized by gloomy settings, violent or grotesque action, and a mood of decay, degeneration, and decadence. — gothicist, n. — gothic, adj.
See also: Literary Style
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
the principles of the paintings, sculptures, stained glass, mosaics, and book illustrations of the period 1200-1450, embracing several disparate styles and emphases. — Gothicist, n.
See also: Art
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Interest in Bath's classical heritage--both historic and recent, Roman and Georgian--also stagnated before a rising tide of Gothicism, religiosity, moral respectability, and urban improvement.
His carving is dazzling, and the figures exhibit a balance between form and detail that shows no trace of the gothicism that continued to dominate northern sculpture for decades to come.
Gothicism and Orientalism do the work of fiction more generally--providing imaginary characters, situations, and stories as alternative to, even as escape from, the reader's everyday reality.
He argues interestingly that Gothicism is a form of thanatophilia--and hence a mode of writing which simultaneously employs two scales of time, the everyday experience of time and the timeless realm, a combination which serves to render human consciousness relative.
With the plot twists of a George Elliot yarn and the dark Gothicism of Wilkie Collins, Misfortune breaks away from the insipid, predictable type of novel that one may have come to expect of recently published fare.
For Stark Young, Faulkner's "gift is essentially poetic--not to write poetry, necessarily, but to transform and recreate--it is all a sort of Gothicism that he achieves.
According to Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria in his introduction to Schmitt's translation, there is "a certain Gothicism in the upward movement of 'Heights of Macchu Picchu' and even a medieval Manichaeism in Neruda's portrayal of historical and religious figures" (Schmitt 6).
This second Earl of Strafford is said to have inherited his father's liking for Gothic architecture and was a friend of Horace Walpole, whose own house Strawberry Hill, was a magnum opus of fanciful Gothicism.
Baudelaire was after content--not verse form; Gothicism, not lyricism.
Literary gothicism always favored a superannuated mis-en-scene, and the city of film noir offers that--it is largely a retro-reality.
It is tree that the Romantic tools and themes--sentient nature, rebelliousness, Gothicism, etc.
Opening the door to this introduction to my introduction to Gothicism, I feel already snared in some Gothic figure-within-a-figure like the narrative mousetrap "Mad Trist" in "The Fall of the House of Usher.