- (architecture, literature) The state or condition of being Gothic.
Gothic + -ness
Variant of Gothic
- of the Goths or their language or culture
- designating, of, or related to a style of architecture developed in W Europe between the 12th and 16th cent. and characterized by the use of ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses, pointed arches, steep, high roofs, etc.
- not classical
- barbarous; uncivilized
- of or having to do with a type of fiction orig. and esp. of the late 18th and early 19th cent. using remote (and, orig., medieval) settings and a sinister, eerie atmosphere to suggest horror and mystery
- designating or of a type of romance () set typically in the 18th or 19th cent. and relating the melodramatic adventures of the heroine
Origin of GothicLate Latin Gothicus: see Goth
- the East Germanic language of the Goths: it is known chiefly from the Bible translations of Bishop Ulfilas
- Gothic style, esp. in architecture
- ☆ a style of sans-serif type
- a heavy, ornate style of type, now used especially in calligraphy