[ at-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈæt əˌsɪz əm /

noun (often initial capital letter)

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.

Nearby words

  1. attic,
  2. attic base,
  3. attic order,
  4. attic salt,
  5. attica,
  6. atticize,
  7. atticotomy,
  8. attila,
  9. attila the hun,
  10. attingent

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for atticism


/ (ˈætɪˌsɪzəm) /


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

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