Petrarchist [pee-trahr-kist, pe-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a person who imitates the literary style employed by Petrarch, especially the poets of the English Renaissance who employed the Petrarchan sonnet style.

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  • Also Petrarchan. Origin of Petrarchist First recorded in 1815–25; Petrarch + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrarchist Historical Examples of petrarchist

  • The Petrarchist would have loathed the Platonist as a moral Pariah.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • Surrey, while adopting the form of the sonnet, kept quite clear of the Petrarchist’s mannerism.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

    John Addington Symonds

  • Even Michelangelo Buonarroti was at times a Petrarchist, but his poems bear the stamp of his extraordinary and original genius.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 8


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