from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A florid, ornate literary style, often employing elaborate puns and conceits.
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- n. A florid literary style with many puns etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An affected elegance or euphuism of style, for which the Spanish poet Gongora y Argote (1561-1627), among others of his time, was noted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of affected elegance of style introduced into Spanish literature in imitation of that of the Spanish poet Góngora y Argote (1561—1627).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an affected elegance of style that was introduced into Spanish literature by the poet Gongora
The origins of Euphuism and of that later form of preciousness which is sometimes called Gongorism and sometimes Marinism have been much discussed, but the last word has certainly not been said on them.
Spain was also easily assimilable, since “Gongorism” — the involved style of
Seville cathedral, did his share as editor by writing two prefaces, one addressed to Sarmiento de Mendoza, and the other to Olivares who was manifestly expected to pronounce against Gongorism.
Quevedo, who had obtained his copies of Luis de Leon's verses from Manuel Sarmiento de Mendoza, a canon of Seville cathedral, did his share as editor by writing two prefaces, one addressed to Sarmiento de Mendoza, and the other to Olivares who was manifestly expected to pronounce against Gongorism.
For some reason not very obvious this collection of verses was not published till 1631 when it was issued by Quevedo, who hoped that it would help to stem the current of Gongorism in Spain.
Gongorism and its stylistic excesses, as he clearly shows in his
Gongorism of many passages in Calderon's best pieces, their obscurity and extravagant bombast, should be charged to the account of a meddlesome collector and editor, that is, to Vera Tasis, and not to
The taint of Gongorism and Marinism attacked all the Seiscentistas, as may be seen in the "Fenix Renascida", and rhetoric conquered style.
To Gongorism above all other things may be ascribed the wretched decay in letters which ensued upon the end of the seventeenth century: this canker-worm ate into the heart of literature and brought about its corruption.
Gongorism, and they spread to all forms of composition.