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Gothic adj
1 characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German
2 of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; "the Gothic Bible translation"
3 of or relating to the Goths; "Gothic migrations"
4 as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating" [syn: medieval, mediaeval]
5 characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"


1 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
2 a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries [syn: black letter]
3 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 [syn: Gothic architecture]

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  1. an extinct language, once spoken by the Goths in what is now Ukraine and Bulgaria.


Gothic or gothic
  1. of or related to the Goths.
  2. of or related to the architectural style favored in western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries.
  3. of or related to the goth subculture or lifestyle.
  4. of or related to a style of fictional writing emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting.
  5. of a style of elaborate calligraphy based on medieval writing, also called black letter.
  6. of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also called typesetters gothic.


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Extensive Definition

Gothic or Goth may refer to:

Gothic people

The Goths – a group of East Germanic tribes.

Gothic language

The Gothic language is an extinct East Germanic language, spoken by the Goths. It is the Germanic language with the earliest attestation, primarily from the Codex Argenteus, a 6th century copy of a 4th century Bible translation. It is divided into three subgroups: Western Gothic, Eastern Gothic and Crimean Gothic.




  • Gothic rock is a kind of sinister, atmospheric, bizarre form of rock music, sometimes with rather gloomy overtones.


  • Gothic fiction, a British literary genre from the late 18th and early 19th century, with a Victorian revival a hundred years later.
  • Goth (novel), a Japanese novel, which was adapted into a manga
  • Goth (Silverwing Character), a fictional bat from the Silverwing series of novels


  • Gothic (moth), a species of noctuid moth named after its patterns reminiscent of Gothic architecture
  • Gothics, one of the Adirondack High Peaks in New York.


From the 18th century, the word came to mean Germanic in general, with grim overtones:
  • Gothic fiction, a British literary genre from the late 18th and early 19th century, with a Victorian revival a hundred years later.
From its use in Romanticism, the word in the 20th century came to refer to anything dark or gloomy:


  • Gothic F.C., a football club based in Norwich, England


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Gothic in Catalan: Gòtic
Gothic in Danish: Gotisk
Gothic in German: Gothic
Gothic in Spanish: Gótico (desambiguación)
Gothic in Esperanto: Gotiko
Gothic in Basque: Gotiko
Gothic in French: Gothique
Gothic in Galician: Gótico
Gothic in Korean: 고딕
Gothic in Croatian: Gotika (razdvojba)
Gothic in Icelandic: Gotneskur
Gothic in Italian: Gotico (disambigua)
Gothic in Hebrew: גותי
Gothic in Georgian: გოთიკა (მრავალმნიშვნელოვანი)
Gothic in Dutch: Gotisch
Gothic in Japanese: ゴシック
Gothic in Norwegian: Gotisk
Gothic in Uzbek: Gotika (maʼnolari)
Gothic in Polish: Gothic
Gothic in Portuguese: Gótico
Gothic in Romanian: Arhitectură gotică
Gothic in Russian: Готика (значения)
Gothic in Slovenian: Gotika
Gothic in Swedish: Gotisk
Gothic in Vietnamese: Gothic
Gothic in Chinese: 哥特

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