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1. A characteristic feature of Attic Greek.
2. atticism An expression characterized by conciseness and elegance.


1. (Languages) the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period
2. (Historical Terms) the idiom or character of the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek, esp in the Hellenistic period
3. an elegant, simple, and clear expression
ˈAtticist n


(ˈæt əˌsɪz əm)

n. (often cap.)
1. the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language.
2. concise and elegant expression.
[1605–15; < Greek]
at′ti•cist, n.
at′ti•cize` v.i., v.t. -cized, -ciz•ing.


a concise witticism or well-turned phrase. — Atticist, n.
See also: Humor
the language and style typical of Athens and Attica, particularly in reference to a polished, elegant, and concise rhetorical style. — Atticist, n.
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34) In his treatment of the Second Sophistic, a movement, Rohde believed was one of 'cultural revivalism,' he nevertheless considered the novel a decadent form of Hellenism--slavishly imitative of the past and combining a pure Atticism (Attic Greek) with an 'Asianist' or baroque style.
This word occurs three times in Lucian, but all of the instances cited in LSJ are from classical authors; it is apparently an Atticism as well as a compound with graphic meaning.
Aurora Egido's study of Erasmus' concept of language and the progression to the conceptist style of Gracian emphasized the import of anti-Ciceronian Atticism in Spain and France "que oponia el ingenium y la variedad al modelo de estilo unico" (De la lengua 142).
As in the case of his supposed Atticism, which is not consistently upheld, the mask of the dramatic date in the Classical past often slips, and the reality of contemporary life in the 2nd century becomes visible.
21) The influence of Erasmian thought on Corpus Christi and the general preference for Atticism at Oxford is also reflected in Udall's purchase of Erasmus's Greek edition of the orations and declamations of the fourth-century sophist Libanius (Basle: Johann Froben, 1522).
Goulart's confidence in his readership's ability to comprehend the extraordinary variety of styles and themes in the texts he included in the Memoires suggests Atticism.
It could be suggested that Roth embodied the idea of a synthetic--even symbiotic--perception of civilization as a combination of Hebraism and Hellenism, to use the phrasing of Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), or Abramism and Atticism, in the wording of S.
The latter, according to Swain's insightful exposition, revived the best elements of the Second Sophistic project, combining artful Atticism, a more personal approach to the gods, and outspoken criticism of imperial corruption in the vein of Dio Chrysostom.
But I felt as I read on that the balance of my sympathies was slowly ebbing away from the authority on Atticism and ancient geography I have so long revered to the indoctiores who may use this highly stimulating book unwarily.
14) We have also seen above that he follows Cicero's line on Atticism quite closely.
The work's style is typical of Atticism, with its extreme purity of diction, short unconnected sentences, parallel clauses, detailed descriptions, and frequent declamations and disquisitions, often in antithetical form--e.
The syntactical simplicity of Atticism characterizes the prose of Waugh's early novels.