Goth·ic (gŏth’ĭk)
1. a) Of or relating to the Goths or their language. b) Germanic; Teutonic.
2. Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.
3. a) Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height. b) Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.
4. Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.
5. often gothic Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
6. gothic Barbarous; crude.
1. The extinct East Germanic language of the Goths.
2. Gothic art or architecture.
3. often gothic Printing a) See BLACK LETTER(Cf. ↑black letter). b) See SANS SERIF(Cf. ↑sans serif).
4. A novel in a style emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
Goth’i·cal·ly adv.
Word History: The expression Gothic romance unites two major influences in the development of European culture, the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes, such as the Goths, that invaded it. Gothic originally meant "having to do with the Goths or their language," but its meaning eventually came to encompass all the qualities associated with Germanic culture, especially the Germanic culture dominant during the medieval period after the fall of Rome. This period became a subject of popular literature in the 18th century, beginning with Horace Walpole's novel The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic Story (1765). From this work of Walpole's, filled with scenes of terror and gloom in a medieval setting, descended the modern literary genre of the gothic romance.
façade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
Reims, France

Word Histories. 2014.

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  • gothically — thə̇k(ə)lē, thēk , li adverb Usage: sometimes capitalized : in a Gothic manner gothically elaborate James Binder …   Useful english dictionary

  • gothically — adverb see Gothic I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gothically — See Gothic. * * * …   Universalium

  • Gothically — adjective In a Gothic way …   Wiktionary

  • gothically — adjective In a gothic way …   Wiktionary

  • gothically — adv. in a gothic manner; barbarically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gothically — goth·i·cal·ly …   English syllables

  • non-Gothically — adv. * * * …   Universalium

  • non-Gothically — adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • gothic — gothically, adv. gothicness, gothicity /go this i tee/, n. /goth ik/, adj. 1. (usually cap.) noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, originating in France in the middle of the 12th century and existing in the western half of Europe… …   Universalium

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