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Definition of 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

For me, Gothic is something from my youth, when I had a heavy metal phase.
Ann Demeulemeester

Walking at random through the streets, we came by chance upon the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I shall long remember my first impression of the scene within. The lofty gothic ceiling arched far above my head and through the stained windows the light came but dimly - it was all still, solemn and religious.
Bayard Taylor

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

Most buildings, whether they're Gothic cathedrals or Romanesque ones, were high tech for their time.
Richard Rogers

Yet for my part, deeply as I am moved by the religious architecture of the Middle Ages, I cannot honestly say that I ever felt the slightest emotion in any modern Gothic church.
Goldwin Smith
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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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