atticism
noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1593 1. a witty or well-turned phrase 2. a characteristic feature of Attic Greek occurring in another language or dialect

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  • Atticism — (meaning favouring Attica, the region that includes Athens) in Greece) was a rhetorical movement that began in the first quarter of the first century BC; it may also refer to the wordings and phrasings typical of this movement, in contrast with… …   Wikipedia

  • Atticism — At ti*cism, n. [Gr. ?.] 1. A favoring of, or attachment to, the Athenians. [1913 Webster] 2. The style and idiom of the Greek language, used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Atticism — [at′ə siz΄əm] n. [Gr Attikismos < Attikos, ATTIC] [also a ] 1. an Attic idiom, style, custom, etc. 2. a graceful, restrained phrase Atticize [at′əsīz΄] vt., vi. Atticized, Atticizing …   English World dictionary

  • Atticism — /ˈætəsɪzəm/ (say atuhsizuhm) noun 1. peculiarity of style or idiom belonging to Attic Greek. 2. Attic elegance of diction. 3. concise and elegant expression. Also, atticism …   Australian English dictionary

  • atticism — atticist, n. /at euh siz euhm/, n. (often cap.) 1. the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language. 2. attachment to Athens or to the style, customs, etc., of the Athenians. 3. concise and elegant expression, diction,… …   Universalium

  • ATTICISM —    a pure and refined style of expression in any language, originally the purest and most refined style of the ancient literature of Greece …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • atticism — n. concise and elegant expression; attachment to Athens or Greece …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Atticism — [ atɪsɪz(ə)m] noun a word or form characteristic of Attic Greek, regarded as having particular literary elegance …   English new terms dictionary

  • atticism — n. Attic idiom or phrase, elegant or concise expression, happy phrase …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • atticism — at·ti·cism …   English syllables

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