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clas·si·cism

 (klăs′ĭ-sĭz′əm) also clas·si·cal·ism (-kə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Aesthetic attitudes and principles manifested in the art, architecture, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome and characterized by emphasis on form, simplicity, proportion, and restraint.
2. Adherence to the aesthetic values embodied in ancient Greek and Roman art, architecture, and literature.
3. Classical scholarship.
4. A Greek or Latin expression or idiom.

classicalism

1. an imitation of Greek or Roman literature.
2. classicism. — classicalize, v. — classicalist, n.
See also: Literary Style
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Noun1.classicalism - a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms; "classicism often derived its models from the ancient Greeks and Romans"
artistic style, idiom - the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
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This cosmopolitanism outlook ensured that contemporary cultural concerns like classicalism and romanticism influenced debate in Belfast's clubs and societies.
Today, it seems what we get from the criticism of African literature is a repetition of the Western cliches like romanticism, classicalism, realism et cetera, which circumscribe the critic to a particular philosophical attitude.