Attic salt
Attic At"tic, a. [L. Atticus, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined. [1913 Webster]

{Attic base} (Arch.), a peculiar form of molded base for a column or pilaster, described by Vitruvius, applied under the Roman Empire to the Ionic and Corinthian and ``Roman Doric'' orders, and imitated by the architects of the Renaissance.

{Attic faith}, inviolable faith.

{Attic purity}, special purity of language.

{Attic salt}, {Attic wit}, a poignant, delicate wit, peculiar to the Athenians.

{Attic story}. See {Attic}, n.

{Attic style}, a style pure and elegant. [1913 Webster]


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  • Attic salt — (or wit) n. graceful, piercing wit …   English World dictionary

  • attic salt — noun or attic wit Usage: often capitalized A Etymology: Attic (I) : poignant delicate wit * * * dry, delicate wit. Also called attic wit. [1750 60] * * * Attic salt …   Useful english dictionary

  • attic salt — dry, delicate wit. Also called attic wit. [1750 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • Attic salt — /ˌætɪk ˈsɒlt/ (say .atik solt) noun dry, delicate wit. Also, Attic wit …   Australian English dictionary

  • Attic salt — noun Pointed and delicate wit …   Wiktionary

  • ATTIC SALT —    pointed and delicate wit …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • attic salt — Delicate wit …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Salt — Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The chloride… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Salt of amber — Salt Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Salt of colcothar — Salt Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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