Gothic

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  • a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches
  • a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
  • extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas
  • characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein''"
  • as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating"
  • of or relating to the Goths; "Gothic migrations"
  • of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; "the Gothic Bible translation"
  • characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

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  • extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas ,
  • a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries ,
  • a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches

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Gothic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The Goths (Gothic: , Gutans) were an East Germanic tribe. Jordanes is a scholar from the 6th century. He wrote a summary of a twelve volume work by Cassiodorus about the Goths. Jordanes work is commonly called Getica. As the original work by Cassiodorius was lost, Getica is the only surviving contemporary account about the Goths. According to this work, they left Scandinavia and settled close to the mouth of the Vistula river (in present day Poland). In the 3rd and 4th centuries they settled Scythia, Dacia and parts of Moesia and Asia Minor. In the 3rd and 4th centuries, they fought with the Roman Empire and later adopted Arianism (a form of Christianity). In the 5th and 6th centuries, they split into the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths. With this move, they established powerful successor-states of the Roman Empire in Italy and on the Iberian peninsula (now Spain & Portugal). Traces of Gothic blood can be found in many people.



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