from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A classic idiom or style; classicism.
  • noun In art, attempted adherence to the rules of Greek or Roman art; imitation of classic art.
  • noun Knowledge of the classics and of what relates to them.

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

  • noun A classical idiom, style, or expression; a classicism.
  • noun Adherence to what are supposed or assumed to be the classical canons of art.

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  • noun classicism

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms


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