[sis-uh-roh-nee-uh n]


of or relating to Cicero or his writings: the Ciceronian orations.
in the style of Cicero: characterized by melodious language, clarity, and forcefulness of presentation: Ciceronian invective.


a person who is an expert on or specializes in the study of the works of Cicero.
a person who admires or imitates the style of Cicero.

Origin of Ciceronian

1575–85; < Latin Cicerōniānus, equivalent to Cicerōn- (stem of Cicerō) Cicero + -iānus -ian
Related formspseu·do-Cic·e·ro·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ciceronian

Historical Examples of ciceronian

  • "Here's to you wid the same," says the Pope, in the raal Ciceronian.

  • He does not take any credit for his own style, which indeed is anything but Ciceronian.

    The Makers of Modern Rome

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

  • Of the lesser poets of the Ciceronian period little need be said.

  • Now, Gigi, wasn't that a Ciceronian defence that I made for you?

    Such is Life

    Frank Wedekind

  • We had thus two epochs in our school, the Ciceronian and the Spencerian periods.

    Revisiting the Earth

    James Langdon Hill

British Dictionary definitions for ciceronian



of or resembling Cicero or his rhetorical style; eloquent
(of literary style) characterized by the use of antithesis and long periods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ciceronian



"eloquent," a reference to Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.); also often known as Tully in early Modern English writers; Cicero being a cognomen of the genus Tullia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper