American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A characteristic feature of Attic Greek.
- n. An expression characterized by conciseness and elegance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A peculiarity of style or idiom belonging to the Greek language as used by the Athenians; Attic elegance of diction; concise and elegant expression.
- n. A siding with, or favoring the cause of, the Athenians.
- n. A favouring of, or attachment to, the Athenians.
- n. The style and idiom of the Ancient Greek language, as used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A favoring of, or attachment to, the Athenians.
- n. The style and idiom of the Greek language, used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression.
- Attic + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Atticism, followed by the forcible imposition of an oligarchy upon the rest of the city, having made them suspicious of one another; and they therefore thought neither themselves not the mercenaries under Pedaritus a match for the enemy.”
“The same summer the Thebans dismantled the wall of the Thespians on the charge of Atticism, having always wished to do so, and now finding it an easy matter, as the flower of the Thespian youth had perished in the battle with the Athenians.”
“Tydeus Chian leader of party executed for Atticism, 8.38.3”
“Already defeated in so many battles, they were now also at discord among themselves; the execution of the party of Tydeus son of Ion, by Pedaritus upon the charge of Atticism, followed by the forcible imposition of an oligarchy upon the rest of the city, having made them suspicious of one another; and they therefore thought neither themselves nor the mercenaries under Pedaritus a match for the enemy.”
“Though it was never wholly successful, Atticism dominated Greek literature and education until the end of the Byzantine empire.”
“Beginning as a critical and rhetorical movement, Atticism later on conquered the schools and emerged as a radical linguistic reaction, an attempt to restore the pure Attic of the fifth and fourth centu - ries.”
“Are you bound to give Vestorius some days, and must you go through the stale banquet of his Latin Atticism again after an interval?”
“The strong and sprightly eloquence of this father, if we may trust tradition, drew its support from the vigorous and masculine Atticism of the old comedian.”
“Atticism, though they cannot deny that this is entirely in the Attic taste.”
“They imagine that to discourse plainly, and without any ornament, provided it be done correctly, and clearly, is the only genuine Atticism.”
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