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noun Baroque
  1. A period in western architecture from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, known for its abundance of decoration.
  2. A period in western art from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, characterized by drama, rich color, and dramatic contrast between light and shadow.
  3. A period in western music from ca. 1600 to ca. 1760, characterized by extensive use of counterpoint, basso-continuo, and extensive ornamentation.
  4. The chess variant invented in 1962 by Mathematician Robert Abbott, or any of its descendants, where pieces move alike, but have differing methods of capture.
adjective Baroque
  1. ornate, intricate, decorated, laden with detail.
  2. from the Baroque period in visual art and music.
  3. complex and beautiful, yet for an outward irregularity.
  4. chiseled from stone, or shaped from wood, in a garish, crooked, twisted, or slanted sort of way, grotesque.
  5. embellished with figures and forms such that every level of relief gives way to more details and contrasts.
Etymology: From the Portuguese barroco (noun. = "irregular pearl")


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