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ne·o·clas·si·cismalso Ne·o·clas·si·cism (nē′ō-klăs′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
1. A revival of classical aesthetics and forms, especially:
a. A revival in literature in the late 1600s and 1700s, characterized by a regard for the classical ideals of reason, form, and restraint.
b. A revival in the 1700s and 1800s in architecture and art, especially in the decorative arts, characterized by order, symmetry, and simplicity of style.
c. A movement in music lasting roughly from 1915 to 1940 that sought to avoid subjective emotionalism and to return to the style of the pre-Romantic composers.
2. Any of various intellectual movements that embrace a set of traditional principles regarded as fundamental or authoritative.
ne′o·clas′sic, ne′o·clas′si·cal adj.
1. (Art Movements) a late 18th- and early 19th-century style in architecture, decorative art, and fine art, based on the imitation of surviving classical models and types
2. (Classical Music) music a movement of the 1920s, involving Hindemith, Stravinsky, etc, that sought to avoid the emotionalism of late romantic music by reviving the use of counterpoint, forms such as the classical suite, and small instrumental ensembles
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|Noun||1.||neoclassicism - revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation|
artistic style, idiom - the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"