Graecism


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Graecism

(ˈɡriːsɪzəm) or

Grecism

n
1. Greek characteristics or style
2. (Art Terms) admiration for or imitation of these, as in sculpture or architecture
3. (Linguistics) a form of words characteristic or imitative of the idiom of the Greek language
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a form of words characteristic or imitative of the idiom of the Greek language
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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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But as the graecism of the title Anatomice indicates, Benedetti sought to develop a medical terminology based on ancient authors, often by transliterating Greek terms.
The best interpretation of the Graecism 'automata' is given by OLD (= automatic or puppet-like movements) differentiating it, thus, from the other instances in the novel at which the word occurs in the sense of an automatic contrivance, an automaton.(39) The theatrical emphasis is much stronger if we bear in mind that the expression [Greek Text Omitted] (only in plural) is used for marionettes.(40) This word induces us to visualize Eumolpus' intercourse in the spirit of a puppet-show.