ro·man·tic /roˈmæntɪk, rə-/
1. Of or pertaining to romance; involving or resembling romance; hence, fanciful; marvelous; extravagant; unreal; as, a romantic tale; a romantic notion; a romantic undertaking.
Can anything in nature be imagined more profane and impious, more absurd, and undeed romantic, than such a persuasion? --South.
Zeal for the good of one's country a party of men have represented as chimerical and romantic. --Addison.
2. Entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind.
3. Of or pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages, as opposed to the classical antique; of the nature of, or appropriate to, that style; as, the romantic school of poets.
4. Characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque; -- applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape.
Syn: -- Sentimental; fanciful; fantastic; fictitious; extravagant; wild; chimerical. See Sentimental.
The romantic drama. See under Drama.
adj 1: belonging to or characteristic of romanticism or the
Romantic movement in the arts; "romantic poetry" [syn:
2: expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance; "her
amatory affairs"; "amorous glances"; "a romantic
adventure"; "a romantic moonlight ride" [syn: amatory, amorous]
3: not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic; "as
quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"; "a
romantic disregard for money"; "a wild-eyed dream of a
world state" [syn: quixotic, wild-eyed]
n 1: a soulful or amorous idealist
2: an artist of the romantic period or someone influenced by
romanticism [syn: romanticist] [ant: classicist]