from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Traditional formalism, especially when reflected in art.

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  • n. Traditional or orthodox formalism; conventionalism.
  • n. Speculative thoughts and attitudes.
  • n. A mannerism or mode peculiar to an academy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tenet of the Academic philosophy.
  • n. A mannerism or mode peculiar to an academy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mode of teaching or of procedure in an academy; an academical mannerism, as of painting.
  • n. A tendency toward Platonic opinions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. orthodoxy of a scholastic variety


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academic +‎ -ism


  • This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking and nowadays the errors of academicism do not stay in the academy; they make their way into the world and what begins as a failure of perception among intellectual specialists finds its fulfillment in policy and action.

    Apparently, the MSM coverup of Climategate has worked

  • The intellectual fiasco of the Sovietology “left,” who camouflaged their ideology with the robes of academicism, should not be forgotten.

    Apparently, the MSM coverup of Climategate has worked

  • Yet "On Becoming an Artist" begins not with modernism, but with high academicism.

    Evolution of a Sculptor

  • Her sculptures are characterized by full, rounded shapes, possibly echoing the French sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861 – 1944), to whose work she turned with a sensitivity far from academicism.

    Antonietta Rapha��l.

  • In other words, while retaining the basic format of a scholarly paper he does not argue against academicism in a purely academic fashion.


  • I don't want to sound like I am advocating for: 1. a return to academicism or more coursework in the fundamentals of painting, drawing, etc. or 2. more trendy courses that train the art student who is chasing the carrot of market success to make stuff that will fit in with whatever the flavor of the year is.


  • In these ways he created and perpetuated a counter discourse to the Shaftesburyian "civic humanism" or academicism, of which so much has been made of late by art historians.

    Lenin's Paintings

  • Some are succinct and moving on the reasons why we can't live without music, others fully representative of the dense academicism that puts so many people off the stuff altogether.

    Living daylights?

  • Not surprisingly, theory offers a darker view of fan/academicism, complicating our understanding of possible relations to the past.


  • To those familiar with Meier's sleek and self-assured style — modern academicism of a high order — the Getty scheme is a veritable compendium of all his major conceptions and minor motifs, an abridged version of his complete works.

    The Big Rock Candy Mountain


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