Attic story
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 wit — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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