[ at-uh-siz-uhm ]
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noun(often initial capital letter)
  1. the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language.

  2. attachment to Athens or to the style, customs, etc., of the Athenians.

  1. concise and elegant expression, diction, or the like.

Origin of atticism

First recorded in 1605–15, atticism is from the Greek word Attikismós a siding with Athens, an Attic expression. See Attic, -ism

Other words from atticism

  • at·ti·cist, noun

Words Nearby atticism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use atticism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Atticism


/ (ˈætɪˌsɪzəm) /

  1. the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period

  2. an elegant, simple, and clear expression

Derived forms of Atticism

  • Atticist, noun

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