pseudomedieval

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pseudo- +‎ medieval

Adjective[edit]

pseudomedieval (comparative more pseudomedieval, superlative most pseudomedieval)

  1. Seemingly, but not actually, medieval; resembling the Middle Ages, or something from that era.
    • 1969, John D. Bergamini, The Tragic Dynasty: A History of the Romanovs, G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969), page 321:
      This pseudomedieval Grand Kremlin Palace may be the most apt symbol of a regime that was trying to go backward all the while it was going forward.
    • 1992, Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier, Bantam Books (1992), ISBN 9780553563702, page 112:
      The fantasy worlds of simulation gaming are commonly pseudomedieval, involving swords and sorcery — spell-casting wizards, knights in armor, unicorns and dragons, demons and goblins.
    • 1996, David H. Richter, The Progress of Romance: Literary Historiography and the Gothic Novel, Ohio State University Press (1996), ISBN 9780814206942, page 68:
      Indeed, the national enthusiasm for matters medieval outran the ability to unearth the genuine article, and as a result manufacturing pseudomedieval texts became a cottage industry of the 1760s.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.