Movies that present emotional stories of love, terror, and rescue, appeal to your sense of romanticism. Highly-charged situations of love and loss allow you to escape reality for a little while.

The suffix ism indicates a condition, so romanticism is the condition of being romantic, or yearning for the imaginative and adventurous. The word originally meant "of the Roman style," and referred to using Romance languages rather than the Frankish, or Germanic. It then came to mean Medieval tales of knightly chivalry, and later included love stories. In the late 18th Century, Romanticism became a major artistic movement, infusing art, music, and literature with the emotional cores of adventure and love.

Definitions of romanticism

n impractical romantic ideals and attitudes

Type of:
impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are

n an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

a dreamy romantic or sentimental quality
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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