- the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language.
- attachment to Athens or to the style, customs, etc., of the Athenians.
- concise and elegant expression, diction, or the like.
Origin of atticism
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Examples from the Web for atticism
His style is pure and simple, and ancient critics praise his “Atticism.”
Atticism: because he is here imitating a well-known passage in Demosthenes's speech against schines.Keightley.
This last has especially charmed me; it is remarkable for grace, delicacy, atticism, and precision.Amiel's Journal
- the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period
- an elegant, simple, and clear expression
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