neoclassicist, neo-classicist, n.
/nee'oh klas"ik/, adj.
1. (sometimes cap.) belonging or pertaining to a revival of classic styles or something that is held to resemble classic styles, as in art, literature, music, or architecture.
2. (usually cap.) Fine Arts. of, pertaining to, or designating a style of painting and sculpture developed principally from the mid-18th through the mid-19th centuries, characterized chiefly by an iconography derived from classical antiquity, a hierarchical conception of subject matter, severity of composition and, esp. in painting, by an oblique lighting of forms in the early phase and a strict linear quality in the later phase of the style.
3. Archit. of, pertaining to, or designating neoclassicism.
4. (sometimes cap.) Literature. of, pertaining to, or designating a style of poetry or prose, developed chiefly in the 17th and 18th centuries, rigidly adhering to canons of form that were derived mainly from classical antiquity, that were exemplified by decorum of style or diction, the three unities, etc., and that emphasized an impersonal expression of universal truths as shown in human actions, representing them principally in satiric and didactic modes.
Also, neoclassical, neo-classic, neo-classical.
[1875-80; NEO- + CLASSIC]

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  • Neoclassic — Ne o*clas sic, Neoclassical Ne o*clas si*cal, a. [Neo + classic.] Belonging to, or designating, the modern revival or adaptation of classical, esp. Greco Roman, style, taste and manner of work in architecture, arts, literature, etc. [Webster 1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neoclassic — [nē΄ō klas′ik] adj. designating or of a revival of classic style and form in art, literature, etc., as in England from c. 1660 to c. 1740: also neoclassical neoclassicism n. neoclassicist n …   English World dictionary

  • neoclassic — or neoclassical adjective Date: 1877 of, relating to, or constituting a revival or adaptation of the classical especially in literature, music, art, or architecture • neoclassicism noun • neoclassicist noun or adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • neoclassic — adjective neoclassical …   Wiktionary

  • neoclàssic — ne|o|clàs|sic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • neoclassic — nɪːəʊ klæsɪk adj. of the revival of classical styles; of neo classicism in the arts and literature …   English contemporary dictionary

  • neoclassic — neo·classic …   English syllables

  • neoclassic — ne•o•clas•sic [[t]ˌni oʊˈklæs ɪk[/t]] also ne o•clas′si•cal adj. archit. fia/mad/lit. (sometimes cap.) of, pertaining to, or designating a revival or adaptation of classical styles, principles, etc., as in art, literature, music, or architecture… …   From formal English to slang

  • neoclassic — adjective characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style • Syn: ↑neoclassical • Similar to: ↑classical, ↑classic • Derivationally related forms: ↑neoclassicism (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Neoclassic architecture — All that architecture which, since the beginning of the Italian Renaissance, about 1420, has been designed with deliberate imitation of Greco Roman buildings. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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