Definition of Atticism in English:



  • A word or form characteristic of Attic Greek, regarded as having particular literary elegance.

    • ‘His language is infinitely graceful; the purest Atticism prevails in it, and he adapts it with great skill to all tones.’
    • ‘It is said that she criticised Pindar for introducing Atticisms into his poems.’
    • ‘Thus Atticism in the Roman Empire continued to be used long after it became incomprehensible to those without special training.’
    • ‘It would seem, in a general way, that Atticism stood for directness, force, and naturalness.’
    • ‘In later centuries, writers, to demonstrate their erudition, would use forms that had only existed in Attic, ‘Atticisms.’


Late 16th century: from Greek Attikismos, from Attikos (see Attic).