romantic

If something is romantic, it isn't very practical, like the librarian's romantic dream of convincing every person in town to read a book a week for life — a great idea that probably isn't possible.

To be romantic about something can mean that you overlook its flaws and shortcomings. If your romantic ideal is growing all of your own food on a secluded farm, you are probably ignoring the tremendous amount of hard work it will require. Or, if you are romantic about love, you believe the perfect person is out there and in finding one another, all the problems and difficulties of life will melt away.

Primary Meanings of romantic

1.
adjn
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
a soulful or amorous idealist
2.
adjn
belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts
an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism
Full Definitions of romantic
1

adj expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

“a romantic adventure”
“a romantic moonlight ride”
Synonyms:
amatory, amorous
loving
feeling or showing love and affection

n a soulful or amorous idealist

Type of:
dreamer, idealist
someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
2

adj belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts

romantic poetry”
Synonyms:
romanticist, romanticistic

adj not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

“a romantic disregard for money”
Synonyms:
quixotic, wild-eyed
impractical
not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters

n an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism

Synonyms:
romanticist
Antonyms:
classicist
an artistic person who adheres to classicism
Type of:
artist, creative person
a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

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