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[at-uh-siz-uh m]
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.
  3. concise and elegant expression, diction, or the like.
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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
Related formsat·ti·cist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • His style is pure and simple, and ancient critics praise his “Atticism.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for atticism


  1. the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period
  2. an elegant, simple, and clear expression
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Derived FormsAtticist, noun
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