baroque

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Via French baroque (which originally meant a pearl of irregular shape), from Portuguese barroco (irregular pearl); related to Spanish barrueco and Italian barocco, of uncertain ultimate origin, but possibly from Latin verrūca (wart). It has been suggested that the term derives from Baroco, a technical term from scholastic logic.

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -ɒk
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  • (US) IPA(key): /bəˈɹoʊk/
Rhymes: -əʊk

Adjective[edit]

baroque (comparative baroquer, superlative baroquest)

  1. Ornate, intricate, decorated, laden with detail.
  2. Complex and beautiful, despite an outward irregularity.
  3. Chiseled from stone, or shaped from wood, in a garish, crooked, twisted, or slanted sort of way, grotesque.
  4. Embellished with figures and forms such that every level of relief gives way to more details and contrasts.
  5. Characteristic of Western art music of about the same period.
  6. (figuratively) Overly and needlessly complicated.
    grotesquely baroque bureaucratic hassles
    baroque bookkeeping in pursuit of tax dodges

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Noun[edit]

baroque (plural baroques)

  1. An ornate, detailed style.
    • 2003, Michael Jacobs, The Road to Santiago (page 103)
      [] has semi-circular arches similar to those in Bourges, but pierced by unusual and irregular openings, and ringed with amusing portrait heads such as would not be found in the great Gothic Baroques of France.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle French baroque, originally denoting a pearl of irregular shape, from Italian barocco, Spanish barrueco, or Portuguese barroco, all possibly from Latin verrūca (wart).

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Adjective[edit]

baroque (plural baroques)

  1. baroque (all senses)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: baroque
  • Polish: barok
  • Spanish: barroco

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