The Addictionary of Oxford English: Romantic

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Definition of Romantic in English:



1. Conductive to or characterized by the expression of love.

“I can’t help it, darling. I’m just full of romantic antics.” Oxford English

2. Of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality

“I’m often criticized for my romantic view of the world, but it keeps me young. So what if I think Kim Jong Un can be reformed?” Oxford English

3. Relating to or denoting the artistic and literary movement of romanticism

“I’d give an arm and a leg to be a romantic poet. Traveling the world. Dribbling angst from my fountain pen. Drinking an excess of wine and contracting old-timey diseases… Ah, those were the days.” Oxford English


1. A person with romantic beliefs or attitudes.

“You may say I’m a romantic, but I’m not the only one.” Oxford English (From a poorly-adapted version of Imagine that he sang at Open Mic Night at the Warnborough Pub. He was booed mercilessly.)

2. A writer or artist of the Romantic Movement.

“Some people tell me I am a Romantic. Byron reincarnated? You’re looking at him.” Oxford English

Romantic Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford might be a snake, but by God, does he believe himself to be the most romantic creature on the planet. When we started dating, he sent me a single red rose every hour while I was working the reception desk at Sainsbury’s corporate. Next day it was a single chocolate. By the end of the week, it was an engagement ring. One every hour. Needless to say, I now have a restraining order against him… but at least the rings paid for my flat.”Brittany Broderick (Scarred Girlfriend #82)

“Does Oxford see the world through rose-colored glasses? Have you even met the man? He’s got the most romantic notions of the world that I’ve ever seen! Thinks we can all just sit in a circle, sing Kumbaya, and make everything better! When asked what his one wish would be, his answer is always, ‘World peace.’ The kids these days would call him ‘basic,’ but I think that’s a step too far.” Elena English (Ex-Mistress #105)

“Oxford loves the romantic poets. Says he wants to die on a boat like Shelley, or come down with consumption like Keats. I’m fairly certain he only volunteered at that hospital in Swaziland in the hopes that he’d acquire tuberculosis. Did you know he actually tried to buy the Keats House? It’s on the national historic register, so, of course, he couldn’t. Oxford chained himself to one of the benches in protest and recited Ode on a Grecian Urn for hours on end until the authorities removed him.” Quinn Christchurch (Keats Historian and Downright Boring Fellow to Interview)


Mid-17th century (referring to the characteristics of romance in a narrative): from archaic romaunt ‘tale of chivalry’, from an Old French variant of romanz (see romance).


romantic /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪk/

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