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1. The style or spirit of Greek culture, art, or thought.
2. The imitation of aspects of Greek culture, art, or thought.
3. An idiom of the Greek language.


(Art Terms) a variant spelling (esp US) of Graecism


(ˈgri sɪz əm)

1. the spirit of Greek thought, art, etc.
2. an idiom or peculiarity of Greek.
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin]

Grecism, Graecism

1. the spirit of Greek thought, art, etc., and the adoption or imitation of this spirit.
2. anything typical of Greek language, art, thought, etc.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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22) The word chirographum in the request to the king for a royal seal (chyrographo [sic] munita "fortified in handwriting"[3]) is not an ornamental grecism but an expression common in classical Latin for a handwritten pledge or authentication.
So the book, declaring itself a witness to the `extraordinary cultural dynamism of Western Grecism in its osmotic relationship with the Italic environment', gathers in the best of several decades of archaeological, historical, and philological research.
2 the words laborum segnes are both conjectural (laborum is from Lipsius, segnes from Mercerius; the Mediceus reads aliorum insignes, clearly corrupt) and perhaps not a reliable parallel for that reason; but if they are accepted, the genitive construction here is clearly a Grecism, imitating the genitive found after [Greek Text Omitted]a[Rho][Gamma]os (cf.