Definitions for GOTHICˈgɒθ ɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(usu. cap.) of or pertaining to a style of architecture prevalent in W Europe from the mid-12th to the 16th century, characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses, rich ornamentation, and a progressive lightening of structure. of or pertaining to a style of architecture imitating Gothic forms and motifs.
(cap.) of or pertaining to the Goths or their language.
(usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.
Category: Western History
(sometimes cap.) barbarous or crude.
(often cap.) of or pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, mysterious, sinister, or violent events, and, in contemporary fiction, an imperiled heroine.
(n.)(usu. cap.) the arts, crafts, or architecture of the Gothic period.
Category: Fine Arts
(cap.) the extinct East Germanic language of the Goths, preserved esp. in Ulfilas' 4th-century translation of the Bible.
Ref: Abbr.: Go 2
(often cap.) a novel, play, film, etc., in the gothic style.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Literature
(often cap.) a square-cut printing type without serifs or hairlines.
Ref: black letter.
Origin of gothic:
1605–15; < LL
extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas
Gothic, black letter(noun)
a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
Gothic, Gothic architecture(adj)
a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches
characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German
of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths
"the Gothic Bible translation"
of or relating to the Goths
medieval, mediaeval, gothic(adj)
as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened
"a medieval attitude toward dating"
characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque
"gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"
A novel written in the Gothic style.
of or relating to the Goths.
barbarous, rude, unpolished, belonging to the "Dark Ages", medieval as opposed to classical.
"Enormities which gleam like comets through the darkness of gothic and superstitious ages." (Percy Bysshe Shelley in a 1812 letter, Prose Works (1888) II.384, cited after OED)
of or relating to the architectural style favored in western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries.
of or relating to the style of fictional writing associated with the Gothic revival, emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting.
in England, of the name of type formerly used to print German, also known as black letter.
in the USA, of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also called grotesque
of or relating to the goth subculture or lifestyle.
Why is this gothic glam so popular? (New Musical Express 24 December 1983, cited after OED)
an extinct language, once spoken by the Goths
Origin: English from the 17th century, ad Latin gothicus.
pertaining to the Goths; as, Gothic customs; also, rude; barbarous
of or pertaining to a style of architecture with pointed arches, steep roofs, windows large in proportion to the wall spaces, and, generally, great height in proportion to the other dimensions -- prevalent in Western Europe from about 1200 to 1475 a. d. See Illust. of Abacus, and Capital
the language of the Goths; especially, the language of that part of the Visigoths who settled in Moesia in the 4th century. See Goth
a kind of square-cut type, with no hair lines
the style described in Gothic, a., 2
The Gothic is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed in temperate Eurasia.. This species has a wingspan of 36–46 mm. The forewings are broader than most other noctuids, blackish with a network of fine white lines. The hindwings are grey. The species flies at night in June and July. It sometimes comes to light but is not generally strongly attracted. By contrast it is strongly attracted to sugar and flowers. The larva, which is gregarious when young, is greyish-brown with dark lines along the side and blackish markings at the hind end. It is polyphagous, feeding on a wide range of plants. This species overwinters as a larva. ⁕^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.
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