romantic

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From romaunt +‎ -ic.

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romantic (comparative more romantic, superlative most romantic)

  1. (chiefly historical) Of a work of literature, a writer etc.: being like or having the characteristics of a romance, or poetic tale of a mythic or quasi-historical time; fantastic. [from 17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Fictitious, imaginary. [17th-20th c.]
  3. Fantastic, unrealistic (of an idea etc.); fanciful, sentimental, impractical (of a person). [from 17th c.]
    Mary sighed, knowing her ideals were far too romantic to work in reality.
  4. Having the qualities of romance (in the sense of something appealing deeply to the imagination); invoking on a powerfully sentimental idea of life; evocative, atmospheric. [from 17th c.]
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 1
      But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape in all the valley of the Saco.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Somehow she wasn't a real sister, but that only made her the more romantic.
    • 2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71: 
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.
  5. Pertaining to an idealised form of love (originally, as might be felt by the heroes of a romance); conducive to romance; loving, affectionate. [from 18th c.]
    Their kiss started casually, but it slowly turned romantic.
  6. Alternative form of Romantic [from 18th c.]

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romantic (plural romantics)

  1. A person with romantic character (a character like those of the knights in a mythic romance).
  2. A person who is behaving romantically (in a manner befitting someone who feels an idealized form of love).
    Oh, flowers! You're such a romantic.

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