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Graecism

Line breaks: Grae¦cism
Pronunciation: /ˈɡriːsɪz(ə)m
 
, ˈɡrʌɪ-/
(also Grecism)

Definition of Graecism in English:

noun

1A Greek idiom or grammatical feature, especially as imitated in another language.
1.1 [mass noun] The Greek spirit, style, or mode of expression, especially as imitated in a work of art.

Origin

late 16th century: from French grécisme or medieval Latin Graecismus, from Graecus (see Greek).

Derivatives

Graecize

1
(also Graecise) verb
Example sentences
  • Charles Kingsley, while also noting the often ‘bizarre’ roughness, applauded Clough for ‘not Graecizing or Germanizing his English, as most hexameter writers have to do’ but rather ‘Anglicizing the metre’.

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