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  • noun Imitation of, or resemblance to, the style or action of Cicero.
  • noun A Ciceronian phrase or expression.


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  • As a result, classical education gradually became narrow and formal, and drill in composition and declamation and imitation of the style of ancient authors -- particularly Cicero, whence the term "Ciceronianism" which came to be applied to it -- grew to be the ruling motives in instruction.

    The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization Ellwood Patterson Cubberley 1904

  • As a rule, his sentences are relatively short, and he is tolerably free from the vice of the long periods that were brought into vogue by “Ciceronianism.”

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1 William Painter

  • He took part in the discussion concerning Ciceronianism and began his career as a humanist by a violent work against Erasmus, "Oratio pro Cicerone contra Erasmum"

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock 1840-1916 1913

  • Such books, it was urged, had no connexion with the Church or the Gospel; Ciceronianism was not the road to God; Plato and Aristotle could not show the way to happiness; Ovid, above all, was to be avoided. 11.8 In dreams the poets took the form of demons; they must be exorcised, for the soul did not profit by them.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages 1911

  • Ciceronianism, at the period of the Renaissance, and even in the eighteenth century, meant more than the impulse towards florid and sumptuous style.

    Latin Literature 1902

  • His Ciceronianism has now completely worn away, but his manner is still as deeply rhetorical as ever.

    Latin Literature 1902

  • A florid Ciceronianism was the style most in vogue, and the phraseology, at least, of the old

    Latin Literature 1902

  • The cult of Ciceronianism established by Quintilian is the real origin of the collection of Pliny's _Letters_.

    Latin Literature 1902

  • In this book the influence of Quintilian and the Ciceronian school is strongly marked; there is so much of Ciceronianism in the style that many scholars have been inclined to assign it to some other author, or have even identified it with the lost treatise of Quintilian himself, on the _Causes of the

    Latin Literature 1902

  • In the article on " Cicero and Ciceronianism " we learn that the reputation of that ancient orator and statesman was badly damaged by the great historian Theodor Mommsen 1817-1903, who denounced the hapless Cicero as a " bombastic " public speaker and a " sleazy politician.

    Making It New Eric Ormsby 2010


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