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Grecism

[gree-siz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the spirit of Greek thought, art, etc.
  2. adoption or imitation of this.
  3. an idiom or peculiarity of Greek.
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Also especially British, Grae·cism.

Origin of Grecism

1560–70; < Medieval Latin Graecismus, equivalent to Latin Graec(us) Greek + -ismus -ism

Graecize

or Grae·cise

[gree-sahyz]
verb (used with or without object), Grae·cized, Grae·ciz·ing. Chiefly British.
  1. Grecize.
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Related formsGrae·cism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for graecism

Graecism

esp US Grecism

noun
  1. Greek characteristics or style
  2. admiration for or imitation of these, as in sculpture or architecture
  3. a form of words characteristic or imitative of the idiom of the Greek language
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Grecism

noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of Graecism
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Graecize

Graecise or esp US Grecize

verb
  1. another word for Hellenize
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin graecizāre to imitate the Greeks, from Greek graikizein
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