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1. A characteristic feature of Attic Greek.
2. atticism An expression characterized by conciseness and elegance.
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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
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(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.
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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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Sophisticated Speakers: Atticistic Pronunciation in the Atticist Lexica
Within the broad field of ancient Greek lexicography and phonology, Vessella limits this study to the specific intersection of the prescriptive Atticist lexica composed in the second and third centuries AD with the pronunciation that the readers of the lexica thought to be the most fitting for the educated speakers.
(49) The recovery of the handbook written by the third-century Atticist writer, Menander Rhetor, was also essential for the revival of marriage oratory in the Renaissance.
Such a notion of translation f which, it should be noted, does not necessarily have anything to do with a transition from one language to another) is not altogether alien to Roman literary ideas, and to the more Atticist aspects of the doctrine of imitatio.(51) Even modernists like the younger Seneca may at times find it opportune to express such ideas, for example when flattering Claudius' a studiis Polybius, who produced a prose translation of Homer in Latin and of Vergil in Greek.
Grammarian and rhetorician who produced Sophistike Paraskeue ("A Grounding in Sophistic"), of which a few fragments and a summary by Photius survive, and an Attikistes ("Atticist"), extant in an abridged form, called the Ekloge.
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.g.
Ieiunus works better as a term describing literary style than it does as a characterization of a political enemy.(70) It describes an aspect of the style of the Stoics and the self-proclaimed Atticists.(71) It can be used for technical accuracy with little emotional or argumentative embellishment.