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Meaning of Petrarchism

Pe•trarch•ism

Pronunciation: (pē'trär-kiz"um, pe'-), [key]
— n.
  1. the poetic style introduced by Petrarch and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.
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