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 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 — noun see attic salt * * * Attic salt or Attic wit, dry, delicate, and pungent wit …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attic base — 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

  • Attic faith — 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

  • Attic purity — 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attic style — 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

  • 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

  • Wit — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Wit >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 wit wit humor wittiness Sgm: N 1 attic wit attic wit attic salt Sgm: N 1 atticism atticism Sgm: N 1 salt salt esprit point …   English dictionary for students

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