Romantic Ro*man"tic, a. [F. romantique, fr. OF. romant. See {Romance}.] 1. Of or pertaining to romance; involving or resembling romance; hence, fanciful; marvelous; extravagant; unreal; as, a romantic tale; a romantic notion; a romantic undertaking. [1913 Webster]

Can anything in nature be imagined more profane and impious, more absurd, and undeed romantic, than such a persuasion? --South. [1913 Webster]

Zeal for the good of one's country a party of men have represented as chimerical and romantic. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages, as opposed to the classical antique; of the nature of, or appropriate to, that style; as, the romantic school of poets. [1913 Webster]

4. Characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque; -- applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sentimental; fanciful; fantastic; fictitious; extravagant; wild; chimerical. See {Sentimental}. [1913 Webster]

{The romantic drama}. See under {Drama}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.