Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A characteristic feature of Attic Greek.
  • noun An expression characterized by conciseness and elegance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A peculiarity of style or idiom belonging to the Greek language as used by the Athenians; Attic elegance of diction; concise and elegant expression.
  • noun A siding with, or favoring the cause of, the Athenians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A favoring of, or attachment to, the Athenians.
  • noun The style and idiom of the Greek language, used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A favouring of, or attachment to, the Athenians.
  • noun The style and idiom of the Ancient Greek language, as used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression.

Etymologies

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Attic +‎ -ism

Examples

  • 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 History of the Peloponnesian War

  • 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.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Tydeus Chian leader of party executed for Atticism, 8.38.3

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • 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.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • 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.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • 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.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • 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.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • Tydeus Chian leader of party executed for Atticism, 8.38.3

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • Though it was never wholly successful, Atticism dominated Greek literature and education until the end of the Byzantine empire.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • 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.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

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