of, relating to, or characteristic of Greek and Roman antiquity:
classical literature; classical languages.
conforming to ancient Greek and Roman models in literature or art, or to later systems modeled upon them.
marked by classicism:
of, relating to, or constituting the formally and artistically more sophisticated and enduring types of music, as distinguished from popular and folk music and jazz. Classical music includes symphonies, operas, sonatas, song cycles, and lieder.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the well-ordered, chiefly homophonic musical style of the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries:
Haydn and Mozart are classical composers.
noting or pertaining to the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, especially the religious and public architecture, characterized by the employment of orders.
Compare (def 27b).
noting or pertaining to any of several styles of architecture closely imitating the architecture of ancient Greece or Rome; neoclassic.
noting or pertaining to architectural details or motifs adapted from ancient Greek or Roman models.
(of an architectural design) simple, reposeful, well-proportioned, or symmetrical in a manner suggesting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
(often initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed in Greece during the 5th and 4th centuries b.c., chiefly characterized by balanced composition, the separation of figures from an architectural background, and the naturalistic rendering of anatomical details, spatial movement, and distribution of weight in a figure.
Compare (def 4), (def 5).
of or relating to a style of literature and art characterized by conformity to established treatments, taste, or critical standards, and by attention to form with the general effect of regularity, simplicity, balance, proportion, and controlled emotion (contrasted with ).
pertaining to or versed in the ancient classics:
a classical scholar.
relating to or teaching academic branches of knowledge, as the humanities, general sciences, etc., as distinguished from technical subjects.
(of a given field of knowledge) accepted as standard and authoritative, as distinguished from novel or experimental:
(defs 1–5, 8, 10).
Ecclesiastical. pertaining to a classis.
a jazz pianist who studied classical for years.
They were careful not to change the words, which appear as subtitles in classical Hebrew script.
Balad’s Parody ‘Hatikvah’ Ad Don Futterman January 20, 2013
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.
‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music Kevin Fallon December 22, 2014
In 2007, she became the first classical musician to be named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
2012 Summit: Who’s On Stage March 5, 2012
“If I had my life to do over again,” he says, he would be a classical musician.
Alec Baldwin’s Twitter Troubles Sandra McElwaine April 16, 2012
In the carving, the temple is depicted with a classical pediment front and a colonnade of columns supporting the structure.
Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again Nina Strochlic July 23, 2014
Let us enquire by what singular series of accidents, such a man crawled to the summit of classical reputation?
Deformities of Samuel Johnson, Selected from his Works Anonymous
He overthrew the classical ideal of art, and enthroned the ego in its room.
A History of French Literature Edward Dowden
The author shows that he knew as minutely as extensively the whole round of classical literature accessible to his times.
A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2) Thomas M. Lindsay
So much for what may be called the classical and reference department of the library.
Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
He soon became the most popular leading man in Paris, not only in the classical rpertoire, but in contemporary novelties.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2 Various
of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks and Romans or their civilization, esp in the period of their ascendancy
designating, following, or influenced by the art or culture of ancient Greece or Rome: classical architecture
of, relating to, or denoting any music or its period of composition marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraint Compare romantic (sense 5)
accepted as a standard: the classical suite
denoting serious art music in general Compare pop1 (sense 2)
(music) of or relating to a style of music composed, esp at Vienna, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This period is marked by the establishment, esp by Haydn and Mozart, of sonata form
denoting or relating to a style in any of the arts characterized by emotional restraint and conservatism: a classical style of painting See classicism (sense 1)
well versed in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome
(of an education) based on the humanities and the study of Latin and Greek
not involving the quantum theory or the theory of relativity: classical mechanics
obeying the laws of Newtonian mechanics or 19th-century physics: a classical gas
another word for classic (sense 2), classic (sense 4)
(of a logical or mathematical system) according with the law of excluded middle, so that every statement is known to be either true or false even if it is not known which
1590s, “of the highest rank” (originally in literature), from classic + -al (1). Classical music (1836) was defined originally against romantic music.
[I]n general, as now used, the term classical includes the composers active in instrumental music from somewhere about 1700 to say 1830. Hence the list includes among the great names those of Bach, his sons, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Dussek, Pleyel, Cramer, etc. The next step beyond the term classical is “modern romantic,” the composers of which school may be taken to include all the writers for pianoforte from about 1829 (when Mendelssohn published the first “Songs without Words”) down to the present. The term romantic in this sense means strongly marked, extraordinary, intending to tell stories and the like. [“Music, Its Ideals and Methods,” W.S.B. Mathews, 1897]
But already by 1880s it was acknowledged the term had a double sense: Music that had withstood the test of time, as well as music of a style contrasted to “romantic.” Later (early 20c.) it was contrasted to jazz (in this sense more often with reference to the orchestras than to the music itself). Still later in contrast to popular music generally (mid-20c.).
(of a surface) having principal curvatures of opposite sign at a given point. adjective (maths) (of a surface) having a curvature, at a given point and in a particular direction, that is of the opposite sign to the curvature at that point in a perpendicular direction Compare synclastic
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. Contemporary Examples After the initial shock, a lightbulb came on among the clergy. The Neighboring Movement: A Simple, Radical Idea Joshua DuBois May 4, 2013 Friday speech by different government organizations and some members of the clergy. Memo from the […]
opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs. Contemporary Examples The Vatican has also defended the pontiff, calling the charges a fantasy of “the anticlerical left.” Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War Rob Verger March 14, 2013 How did it become […]
of, like, pertaining to, or expressing . Contemporary Examples And the report is anticlimactic in political terms because the damage has been done. Christie, Not Quite Dead Yet Michael Tomasky March 26, 2014 Keeping the name in the headlines for the next few years would feel sort of anticlimactic. The Last Dick Michael Schaffer December […]
an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected. a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion: After serving as president, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax. a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks: […]