from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the acropolis or citadel of an ancient Grecian city, especially that of Athens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to an acropolis.

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  • adjective Of or befitting an acropolis, especially in lofty glory and in the capacity to inspire awe; compare Acropolitan.


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  • Then follows the diminution of importance in peculiar places and public edifices, as they engage national affection or vanity; no single city can now take such queenly lead as that the pride of the whole body of the people shall be involved in adorning her; the buildings of London or Munich are not charged with the fullness of the national heart as were the domes of Pisa and Florence: -- their credit or shame is metropolitan, not acropolitan; central at the best, not dominant; and this is one of the chief modes in which the cessation of superstition, so far as it has taken place, has been of evil consequence to art, that the observance of local sanctities being abolished, meanness and mistake are anywhere allowed of, and the thoughts and wealth which were devoted and expended to good purpose in one place, are now distracted and scattered to utter unavailableness.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature John Ruskin 1859


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