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What is the opposite of “gothic”?

What is the antonym of “gothic”?

The antonyms of gothic are modern, cheerful, and upbeat. The antonyms modern, cheerful, and upbeat convey a different mood and style than gothic.

Brief Definitions of the Antonym(s)

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Relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.


The architecture of the building was modern and sleek, with clean lines and a minimalist design.

Feeling or showing happiness and positivity.


She had a cheerful disposition and always looked on the bright side of things.

Having a positive and optimistic attitude.


Despite the setbacks, he remained upbeat and confident that things would work out in the end.

How are these antonyms different from each other?

  • 1Modern refers to something that is current or contemporary, while gothic refers to a style that originated in the medieval period.
  • 2Cheerful describes a happy and positive mood, while gothic often conveys a darker, more melancholic mood.
  • 3Upbeat describes an optimistic attitude, while gothic often has a more pessimistic or fatalistic tone.

Good things to know

  • 1Art and Design: Use modern to describe contemporary styles and gothic to describe medieval or dark styles.
  • 2Mood and Tone: Use cheerful and upbeat to describe positive emotions and gothic to describe darker or melancholic emotions.
  • 3Literature and Film: Use gothic to describe a genre of literature or film that features dark, mysterious, or supernatural elements.

Remember this!

The antonyms have distinct differences: Modern refers to something current, cheerful describes a happy mood, and upbeat describes an optimistic attitude. Use these words to describe art and design, mood and tone, and literature and film.

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