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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.
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