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Lately the word gothic has evolved into a classic stereotype for people dressing in black listening to death metal and black metal. It may mean any number of things.

1. Pertaining to the Goths, a Germanic Tribe.

2. From a Renaissance perspective. It pretty much means "rough" if used in that context. If you were to take classical and make it the complete opposite. There were different periods of gothic art and architecture around that time. You'll find most of it in Europe.

3. A species of noctuid moth.

4. A gothic novel. It was a British literary genre from the late 18th century to the 19th century.

5. In the late 20th century it became what people use now. Meaning "dark" and "gloomy." It developed into a stereotype from the music goth rock. Now the people are characterized as wearing all black, into things that may be considered more abstract and darker than what is normal, and listening to various types of metal and darkwave.

6. Sometimes associated with Satanism, though the two are very often not related.

Put plainly, it has been taken from an art form into something that is used to confine and label people in one group. It's become one of the many labels such as "emo", "gangster", and "scene."
Anne Rice is a famous gothic artist.
by disco_bloodbath October 05, 2006
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"Gothic" is an adjective, not a noun. Therefore, a group of people can not be "gothics". "Goths", perhaps (though not likely given how little people know about the subject, especially people who refer to themselves as "gothic"). Similarly, "emo" (which, by the way, has nothing to do with Gothic anything) is short for "emotional", which, also, is an adjective, not a noun. Calling people "gothics" or "emos" just makes you look like an uneducated jackass.
"Look at the group of gothics or other adjectives! I need to wear a helmet when I leave the house."
by Joe*mama December 02, 2006
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adj. Of or relating to the Goths or their language.
>>Germanic; Teutonic.
Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.

Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.
Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.
Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.
often gothic Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
gothic Barbarous; crude.

n.
The extinct East Germanic language of the Goths.
Gothic art or architecture.
often gothic Printing.
A novel in a style emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
Cathedral of Notre Dame would be an example of GOTHIC architecture
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, and Edgar A. Poe are examples of popular gothic authors/poets

--there is no "gothic" subculture
by Forsaken March 23, 2005
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If you want the style, it's where one wears dark clothing (and sometimes make-up) to express one's personalilty. The stereotype is describes this style as a sign of devil worship or suicide but really every person is different.
You could wear gothic black and gothic make-up because you want to "go un-noticed" in high school...just like you could wear tight shirts to impress girls and be "checked out" by them.

Styles are results of the way YOU THINK (and you alone). Stereo-types in this world just categorize us into groups that are very un-reliable.

For example:

I like wearing holister...it makes me feel good about myself...so I'm considered preppy but I'm not obsessed with sports and popularity...I actually write dark stories, enjoy mythology, and I do a haunted house every year...but people don't know that just by looking at me...
by RyaG March 31, 2007
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gothic is not wearing black, or painting your nails black, gothic is not shopping at hot topic, gothic is not listening to good charlotte or other rock or metal, gothic was a time era or language....
"im gothic because i wear black and shop at hot topic and paint my nails black and listen to good charlotte"- chick at my school.....NOT GOTHIC
by sam February 11, 2004
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Of or referring to tribal goths of iron age eastern europe and western asia. I.e. Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Gutans, Gota, Gotas, etc. etc.
A form of architecture, not agriculture, typified by flying butresses to support high vaulted ceilings. A light open Nave surrounded by large stained glass windows to allow light in. The main impression intended to be "God is bigger than you."
A trendy subculture of emotional teens. Typified by wearing black and red, listening to Industrial rock(Which is fine), complaining about everyone else conforming... ahem, and appropriating the wrong fucking term for themselves!!!
That roving band of barbarians must've been gothic.
Notre Dame(Our lady) is a gothic cathedral.
Denny's after midnight is overrun by roving bands of Goths.
by Frank Zappatista May 03, 2007
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i think people on this definition are mistaking gothic with alternative, a movement which took place in the 1990's.

gothic really isn't about individuality, that is more of a side effect.

PS: Justin Timberlake? Come on, you folks spend WAY too much time thinking about boy bands.
Rejection of conventional rules which originated from victorian social dogma, not the acceptance of diversity.
by Zoey May 16, 2004
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