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  1. falsely or spuriously classic.
  2. imitating the classic: the pseudoclassic style of some modern authors.
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Origin of pseudoclassic

First recorded in 1895–1900; pseudo- + classic
Related formspseu·do·clas·si·cism [soo-doh-klas-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌsu doʊˈklæs əˌsɪz əm/, pseu·do·clas·si·cal·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for pseudo-classic

Historical Examples of pseudo-classic

  • La Motte nearly fifty years before had attacked the pseudo-classic drama.

    Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)

    John Morley

  • Their idealism was of a bombastic, rhetorical order; their painting absolutely uninspired tinting of pseudo-classic designs.


    Paul G. Konody

  • It is this lack of genuine appreciation that is responsible for the pseudo-classic horrors that to-day greet us wherever we turn.

    The Book of Tea

    Kakuzo Okakura

  • What he attacks is the idealistic, pseudo-classic tendency of tragedy.

  • I should recommend a pseudo-classic house, Georgian, rather small, a white faade against the grass.

    Linda Condon

    Joseph Hergesheimer