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Definition of Gothic

Gothic

  1. Pertaining to the Goths; as, Gothic customs; also, rude; barbarous.
  2. Of or pertaining to a style of architecture with pointed arches, steep roofs, windows large in proportion to the wall spaces, and, generally, great height in proportion to the other dimensions -- prevalent in Western Europe from about 1200 to 1475 a. d. See Illust. of Abacus, and Capital.
  3. The language of the Goths; especially, the language of that part of the Visigoths who settled in Moesia in the 4th century. See Goth.
  4. A kind of square-cut type, with no hair lines.
  5. The style described in Gothic, a., 2.

Gothic Quotations

I decorated my house like a medieval gothic castle, European-style. Chandeliers and red velvet curtains. My bedroom is pink and black, my bathroom is totally Hello Kitty, I have a massive pink couch and a big antique gold cross.
Avril Lavigne

Mention the gothic, and many readers will probably picture gloomy castles and an assortment of sinister Victoriana. However, the truth is that the gothic genre has continued to flourish and evolve since the days of Bram Stoker, producing some of its most interesting and accomplished examples in the 20th century - in literature, film and beyond.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Architecture traditionally has been the slowest of art forms. It was not unusual for great cathedrals to take centuries to complete, with stylistic changes from Romanesque to Gothic or Renaissance to Baroque as common as the addition of chapels or spires. But because the function remained the same, the form could be flexible and its growth organic.
Martin Filler

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Often in gothic novels there's a large house, an estate, and it's symbolic of that culture. Usually it's sort of moldering or rotted or something, and sometimes it's a whole community.
Joyce Carol Oates
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Gothic Translations

gothic in Afrikaans is Goties
gothic in Dutch is gotisch, Gotisch
gothic in French is gothique
gothic in German is Gotik (Schriftart)
gothic in Swedish is gotisk
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