gothness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

goth +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

gothness (uncountable)

  1. Traits associated with the goth subculture, such as philosophical melancholy.
    • 2004, Matthijs van de Port, Authenticity
      Thirdly, they claim ordinariness by rationalising their general status as human being, and by, at the same time, 'radiating' their gothness.
    • 2005, Dan Vice, Little Book of Goths
      Your gothness is then measured by your peers with a 'gothier-than-thou' approach, facing ridicule if you are falling short.
    • 2007 May 25, The New York Times, “Art in Review”, New York Times:
      The weakest works persist in the shiny black gothness.
    • 2008, Amy C Wilkins, Wannabes, goths, and Christians: the boundaries of sex, style, and status
      These channels allow participants to authenticate their gothness through emotional performances, but they also police the boundaries of goth darkness.

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