An example of gothic is the Reims Cathedral in France.
"Enormities which gleam like comets through the darkness of gothic and superstitious ages." (Percy Bysshe Shelley in a 1812 letter, Prose Works (1888) II.384, cited after OED)
An example of a gothic structure is the Reims Cathedral in France.
An example of gothic style is dark makeup, dark clothes and hair dyed black.
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Origin of gothic
- The various usages of the adjective are introduced nearly simultaneously in the first half of the 17th century. The literal meaning "of the Goths" is found in the 1611 preface of the King James Bible, in reference to the Gothicke tongue. The generalized meaning of "Germanic, Teutonic" appears in the 1640s. Reference to the medieval period in Western Europe, and specifically the architecture of that period, also appears in the 1640s, as does reference to "Gothic characters" or "Gothic letters" in typography.
- Goth + -ic, English from the 17th century, ad Latin gothicus.