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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.
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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...
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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."
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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.
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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
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Gothic can mean a lot of things. Mainly to be devided among 3 categories.
1. Gothic is a music style.
2. Gothic is a clothing style.
3. Gothig is a way of thinking.

Opinions about what makes someone a real goth are very different. People can favour one of the three above things, without necessarily having to favour the other 2. A lot of time 2 or 3 of them are combined.

Gothic music came out of punk music. Punk music is mostly angry at the world. But goth was more saying: "There are a lot of evils in the world, and that makes me very sad." Gothics tend to make the world better and are very friendly people most of the times (every culture has rotten apples).
The clothing style contains a lot of corsets, dresses, spikes, hairfall/dreadlocks, military boots, etc.
A lot of people mistake gothic for being depressive, the clothing style only black, etc.
The gothic way of thinking is mostly kind. Goths tend to treat everything with the same respect, love nature, a small (or big) love for dark unknown things or fantasy (like vampire's, cemetary's, wearwolves) and accept everyone as they are.

Unlike how a lot of people think, gothic is not bound to any form of religion.
Wrong: "That kid is wearing nothing but black, what a goth."
Good: "You listen to industrial? What other gothic styles of music do you like?"
Good: "You like the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe? It has been quoted in Tim Burton's movie 'Vincent', which was very goth-like don't you think?"
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to me gothic isnt a just a style of clothing it is a state of mind also. im so sick of people saying your goth if you wear black for a whole week stright!! you prepy poeple need to get over your selves and stop talking a bout people to make yourself feel better. you only do it because you world isnt as good as everyone elses and you try to make other peoples worse than yours. you don't get it some people get sick of it and go home and kill there selves because you made the feel unwanted.
now back to gothic to me it is a state of mind not a life style being goth if you are doesn't mean you worship the devil it doesn't have to mean you worship god either it doesn't mean you worship anyone it means you like dark things and that you enjoy life the way you want to live it !!
you know people can't bow to your every weem. people now-a-days need to tend to to there selves first then everyone elses. i am a VERY MAD 13 year old girl tried of the worl and its stupid fits. i am told that i am more grown up then most adults by other adults that i am . it also scares me to know that i a 13 year old girl seems to be more mature than most adults. now sometimes i am my a wee bit childish but that is normaly when i am with my friends i get a little out of hand but who dosent.
my real prefrence of the word gothic is someone whom is their selves lives life to the fullest and is not afraid to laugh out loud!!!!!
at the moment i cant thik of any kind of gothic example
by sherrie alexander February 25, 2008
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