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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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7 On the actual historical extent of the Roman Atticist movement see Wilamowitz-Moellendorff ("Asianismus" 1-4) and Douglas ("M.
Pollio, whose speeches are lost, had the reputation of a distinguished orator, combining, according to Tacitus and Seneca, careful composition and dry Atticist elegance in strict presentation of his argument.
Although he may not have overtly expressed his allegiance with antiCiceronianism and adopted the critical language of the later Senecan atticists (e.
70) It describes an aspect of the style of the Stoics and the self-proclaimed Atticists.