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  • noun Plural form of classicism.


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  • Stylistically dated, freighted with classicisms and dense prose, and taking a medieval structure, one might expect the book to be awful.

    Star of the Unborn (1946)

  • I'm going to have to look around for my reference, but I had the impression that there was always a significant tension between written and spoken Chinese - that no classical writer was ever capable of completely ignoring the spoken language, and that classicisms constantly made their way into the spoken language. WRITTEN VERNACULARS IN ASIA.

  • Too close a conformity produces monotonous formalities, cloying classicisms.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance

  • With the encumbrances that in the centuries had so disfigured it, the archaisms and the pseudo-classicisms, it would never come to pass that one great Serbian nation would be formed.

    The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1

  • But here, as elsewhere, the classicisms are held in check, and never invade or embarrass the dominant spirit of the

    Donatello, by Lord Balcarres

  • It ran up and down the whole gamut of the English tongue, from sesquipedalian classicisms (which he generally used to heighten a comic effect) to one-syllabled words of the homeliest Anglo-Saxon.

    Sydney Smith

  • It was an Anglo-Dutch influence that roused French art, then slumbering in the pseudo-classicisms of the First Empire; and, half-awakened, French art turned its eyes to Holland for inspiration; and values, the foundation and corner-stone of Dutch art, became almost at a bound a first article of faith in the artistic creed.

    Modern Painting

  • Taylor is the least remarkable of the three for classicisms either of syntax or vocabulary; and Browne's excesses in this respect are deliberate.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • With all his learning, and his archaisms, and his classicisms, and his Platonisms, and his isms without end, hardly any poet smells of the lamp less disagreeably than

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • "writ no language"; that his dialect is not the dialect of any actual place or time, that it is an artificial "poetic diction" made up of Chaucer, and of Northern dialect, and of classicisms, and of foreign words, and of miscellaneous archaisms from no matter where.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature


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