Definition of Graecism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡriːsɪz(ə)m/
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrʌɪsɪz(ə)m/
(also Grecism)


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.



(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’.


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

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