Definition of Atticism in English:


Line breaks: At¦ti|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈatɪsɪz(ə)m


A word or form characteristic of Attic Greek, regarded as having particular literary elegance.
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  • His language is infinitely graceful; the purest Atticism prevails in it, and he adapts it with great skill to all tones.
  • It is said that she criticised Pindar for introducing Atticisms into his poems.
  • Thus Atticism in the Roman Empire continued to be used long after it became incomprehensible to those without special training.


late 16th century: from Greek Attikismos, from Attikos (see Attic).

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