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  • n. Any artistic or architectural style characterised by ornamentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being ornamental; also, a tendency to attach too much importance to ornament.

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  • n. the practice of ornamental display


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ornamental +‎ -ism


  • Alber Elbaz first applied ornamentalism in dress design.

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  • But the emblematic building of Cairo is the small tower block — five or six stories designed in a functionalism so basic that the Bauhaus architects were lapdogs of ornamentalism by comparison.

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  • This, not ornamentalism, was the ethos of the empire in what Cannadine calls its "heyday," from the Mutiny to 1914.

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  • Primary elements combined constitute a style, which may be analyzed according to several style dimensions such as complexity (minimalism vs. ornamentalism); representation (realism vs. abstraction); movement (dynamic vs. static) and potency (loud/strong vs. soft/ weak).

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  • It is a poster-art look that uses a minimalist base accessorized by a touch of ornamentalism.


  • Old-time bathhouses and swimming pools used to be prime examples of ornamentalism.


  • This dimension places style on a continuum that goes from simple to complex or, from minimalism to ornamentalism.


  • You can't find too many meanings in why you're going back - last year was the '80s - but, in the end, this season has a contemporary attitude to simplify and take away the ornamentalism and give freedom and romance to clothes. rss feed

  • Here, we identify four perceptual dimensions to evaluate corporate or brand identity-related styles: (1) complexity (“minimalism” vs. “ornamentalism”), (2) representation (“realism” vs. “abstraction”), (3) perceived movement (“dynamic” vs. “static”), and (4) potency (“loud/strong” vs. “soft/weak”).


  • Her commitment to the revival of ornamentalism as a source for feminist art, plus her knowledge of art history and culture of Eastern and Western civilizations, place Kozloff among America’s more original and engaging artists.

    Joyce Kozloff.


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