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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.
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(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
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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.
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strong fondness or admiration for the culture, mores, etc, of the Middle Ages. — medievalist, n.medievalistic, adj.
See also: Past
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[ˌmedɪˈiːvəlɪzəm] Nmedievalismo m
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He painted with her as his model, admired her beauty and medievalism, and Anna dared not confess to herself that she was afraid of becoming jealous of this nurse, and was for that reason particularly gracious and condescending both to her and her little son.
Something of conventional medievalism still clings to Chaucer in externals, as we shall see, but in alertness, independence of thought, and a certain directness of utterance, he speaks for universal humanity.
"Remember," he was saying, "the facts about this church of Santa Croce; how it was built by faith in the full fervour of medievalism, before any taint of the Renaissance had appeared.
The Welsh and English countryside at that time presented the strangest mingling of the assurance and wealth of the opening twentieth century with a sort of Dureresque medievalism. All the gear, the houses and mono-rails, the farm hedges and power cables, the roads and pavements, the sign-posts and advertisements of the former order were still for the most part intact.
Maajid Nawaz, author, broadcaster and founder of Quilliam, a counter-extremism thinktank, claimed M&S was "facilitating medievalism" by selling hijabs as part of its school wear.
Together, the three papers offer unique views of material that is less commonly studied in traditional Medievalism and raise questions about how we interpret (or misinterpret) medieval texts, how we project contemporary cultural expectations onto the past, and what we can learn about medieval religious beliefs by examining literary representations of women.
The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-First Century Perspectives offers a fascinating array of international and multidisciplinary reflections on medievalism. The introduction by Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones presents a broad history of the continuing evolution of the idea of 'the Middle Ages' from the fourteenth century to the present day.
Secondly, it is a huge blunder to allow religious fanaticism and medievalism, in the name of religious freedom, to run rampant in the country.
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"Already engaged with the restoration of Cardiff Castle, Bute and Burgess together produced two of the most remarkable expressions of fantasist Victorian medievalism to be seen anywhere in the British Isles.
Such a view came to be challenged by people who emphasized Ockham's medievalism, or who sought to root rights in more recent history.