Definitions of gothic

  1. a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches
  2. extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th- century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas
  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.
  6. The pointed style of architecture.
  7. The language of the Goths.
  8. Arch. The pointed style.
  9. Print. A style of type.
  10. The language of the Goths; the Gothic style.
  11. ( literature) characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; " gothic novels like ` Frankenstein'"
  12. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old- fashioned and unenlightened; " a medieval attitude toward dating"
  13. of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; " the Gothic Bible translation"
  14. characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; " gothic novels like ` Frankenstein'"
  15. characteristic of the style of commonly used for printing German
  16. Pertaining to the Goths; as, Gothic customs; also, rude; barbarous.
  17. 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.
  18. Pertaining to the Goths; as, customs; also, rude; barbarous.
  19. Pertaining to a style of architecture with high and pointed arches, steep roofs, and windows large in proportion to the wall space.
  20. Belonging to the Goths or their language: barbarous: romantic: denoting a style of architecture with high- pointed arches, clustered columns, etc.
  21. Pertaining to the Goths; denoting a peculiar style in architecture.
  22. Pertaining to the Goths; rude; barbaric.
  23. Pertaining to the Goths; denoting a style of architecture with high and sharply- pointed arches, clustered columns, & c.; rude; barbarous.
  24. Of or belonging to the Goths or their language; designating the architecture of the middle ages.
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