[ gree-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈgri sɪz əm /


the spirit of Greek thought, art, etc.
adoption or imitation of this.
an idiom or peculiarity of Greek.
Also especially British, Grae·cism.

Origin of Grecism

1560–70; < Medieval Latin Graecismus, equivalent to Latin Graec(us) Greek + -ismus -ism

Definition for graecism (2 of 2)


or Grae·cise

[ gree-sahyz ]
/ ˈgri saɪz /

verb (used with or without object), Grae·cized, Grae·ciz·ing. Chiefly British.

Related forms

Grae·cism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for graecism (1 of 3)


esp US Grecism

/ (ˈɡriːsɪzəm) /


Greek characteristics or style
admiration for or imitation of these, as in sculpture or architecture
a form of words characteristic or imitative of the idiom of the Greek language

British Dictionary definitions for graecism (2 of 3)


/ (ˈɡriːˌsɪzəm) /


a variant spelling (esp US) of Graecism

British Dictionary definitions for graecism (3 of 3)


Graecise or esp US Grecize

/ (ˈɡriːsaɪz) /


another word for Hellenize

Word Origin for Graecize

C17: from Latin graecizāre to imitate the Greeks, from Greek graikizein
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