Definitions for bohemianism
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Bo•he•mi•anboʊˈhi mi ən(n.)
a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
Ref: Czech (def. 1). 1 1
(usu. l.c.) a person who lives and acts without regard for conventional rules and practices.
Ref: (formerly) Czech (def. 2). 1 2
Ref: Gypsy (def. 1). 1
(adj.)of or pertaining to Bohemia or its inhabitants.
(usu. l.c.) pertaining to or characteristic of a bohemian.
Origin of Bohemian:
a Bohemian lifestyle
the characteristic conduct or methods of a Bohemian
Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. This use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social viewpoints, which often were expressed through free love, frugality, and—in some cases—voluntary poverty. A wealthy and privileged, even aristocratic, bohemian circle is sometimes referred to as the haute bohème. The term Bohemianism emerged in France in the early nineteenth century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class, gypsy neighborhoods. Bohémien was a common term for the Romani people of France, who had reached Western Europe via Bohemia.
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