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 (mē′dē-ē′və-lĭz′əm, mĕd′ē-)
1. The spirit or the body of beliefs, customs, or practices of the Middle Ages.
2. Devotion to or acceptance of the ideas of the Middle Ages.
3. Scholarly study of the Middle Ages.


(ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəˌlɪzəm) or


1. (Historical Terms) the beliefs, life, or style of the Middle Ages or devotion to those
2. a belief, custom, or point of style copied or surviving from the Middle Ages


or me•di•ae•val•ism

(ˌmi diˈi vəˌlɪz əm, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi və-)

1. the spirit, practices, or methods of the Middle Ages.
2. devotion to or adoption of medieval ideals or practices.
3. a medieval belief, practice, or the like.


strong fondness or admiration for the culture, mores, etc, of the Middle Ages. — medievalist, n.medievalistic, adj.
See also: Past


[ˌmedɪˈiːvəlɪzəm] Nmedievalismo m
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A truly exceptional work of seminal scholarship, "The Life of Saint Clement: A Translation of La Vie de Seint Clement" is unreservedly recommended for college and university library Medieval Studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
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