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 (ăk′ə-dĕm′ĭ-sĭz′əm) also a·cad·e·mism (ə-kăd′ə-mĭz′əm)
Traditional formalism, especially when reflected in art.


(ˌækəˈdɛmɪˌsɪzəm) ,




adherence to rules and traditions in art, literature, etc; conventionalism


(ˌæk əˈdɛm əˌsɪz əm)

also academism,

1. traditionalism or conventionalism in art, literature, etc.
2. purely speculative thoughts, opinions, or attitudes.
3. a pedantic quality.

academicism, academism

1. the mode of teaching or of procedure in a private school, college, or university.
2. a tendency toward traditionalism or conventionalism in art, literature, music, etc.
3. any attitudes or ideas that are learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality. — academie, n., adj. — academist, n.
See also: Learning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.academicism - orthodoxy of a scholastic variety
traditionalism, traditionality - strict adherence to traditional methods or teachings


[ˌækəˈdɛmiˌsizm] academism [əˈkædəˌmɪzm] n (Art) → accademismo
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In this critique, a number of early reviewers accuse The New American Poetry of lacking any positive identity beyond its claims to oppositionality, or of perpetuating the academicism it claims to resist.
It's too early to tell, and it depends on whether or not a new avant-garde emerges from our "contemporaneity" in the way the original avant-garde emerged from nineteenth-century academicism.
Although in this ballet Fokine uses steps that are associated with classical bravura dancing, he infuses a restless momentum in the protagonist's movement that defies academicism.
So--politicization, academicism, religiosity, Augustanism, occultation, extremism, disdain, resentment, ungrounding, contradiction, and perversity.
Will they compare the eventual turn against repressive postmodernist academicism to the fall of Soviet Communism?
3) This version has a more obviously worldly component and would probably set itself, pragmatically if not glamorously, in opposition to the cloisteredness of an insular academicism.
It is clear, however, that this double bind does not lie with some epistemological prank but rather illustrates the very contemporary problems of the clash between academicism and economics.
Members of the public who think of Picasso as twentieth-century art's greatest innovator may be surprised to see him paired with Ingres, the nineteenth century's leading exemplar of academicism.
Other sentences should have received further editing: "And he [Nielsen] was as vehemently against academicism as he was against decadence, under which latter heading he ranged both post-Wagnerian eroticism and jazz.
On the other are the radical "anticanonists" whose critiques of the historical and pedagogical dominance of Western society and culture leads to two forms of "political correctness": either to memorized lessons of the traditions and experience of those other than white men, or to an unreadable esoteric academicism with an overt political agenda that amounts to the negativity of relentless political dissent.
We know the result of this either/or: Free exhibitions were eventually instituted, and modernism won the battle against academicism.
Like Ezra Pound--the Idaho-born modernist poet whom Still resembled in his crankiness, his peripatetic life, and his peculiarly American blend of academicism and autodidacticism--he was out of step with his time, even if his fierce solemnity of purpose was not.