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.
- at·ti·cist, noun
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How to use atticism in a sentence
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 | Henri-Frdric Amiel
The style of this gem of a novel is finely cut, clear and beautiful in its pure atticism.Essays on the Greek Romances | Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
His style is pure and simple, and ancient critics praise his “atticism.”
British Dictionary definitions for Atticism
the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period
an elegant, simple, and clear expression
- Atticist, noun
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