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Definition of CLASSICAL

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Classic \Clas"sic\ (kl[a^]s"s[i^]k), Classical \Clas"sic*al\, a. [L. classicus relating to the classes of the Roman people, and especially to the frist class; hence, of the first rank, superior, from classis class: cf. F. classique. See {Class}, n.]
     1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art. [1913 Webster]

              Give, as thy last memorial to the age, One classic drama, and reform the stage. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

              Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject [Roman weights and coins].
                                                    --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

     2. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds. [1913 Webster]

              Though throned midst Latium's classic plains. --Mrs. Hemans. [1913 Webster]

              The epithet classical, as applied to ancient authors, is determined less by the purity of their style than by the period at which they wrote.
                                                    --Brande & C. [1913 Webster]

              He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college.        --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style. [1913 Webster]

              Classical, provincial, and national synods.
                                                    --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     {Classicals orders}. (Arch.) See under {Order}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

157 Moby Thesaurus words for "classical": Attic, Ciceronian, Gothic, Greek, Latin, Roman, Victorian, absolute, aesthetic, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, archetypical, arrant, artistic, authoritative, belletristic, capital, champion, chaste, choice, classic, clear, common, commonplace, complete, consummate, crass, decided, definitive, developed, direct, downright, easy, egregious, elegant, established, everyday, excellent, exemplary, expert, famous, fine, finished, flagrant, fossil, fossilized, fully developed, garden, garden-variety, glaring, graceful, gracile, gross, grown old, homely, homespun, household, ideal, in good taste, influential, intolerable, limpid, literary, lucid, masterful, masterly, matter-of-fact, mature, matured, medieval, mid-Victorian, model, natural, neat, nondescript, of choice, of other times, of quality, old-world, ordinary, out-and-out, outright, paradigmatic, pellucid, perfect, perfected, perspicuous, petrified, plain, pleasing, polished, positive, precedential, precious, prime, proficient, profound, pronounced, proper, prosaic, prosy, prototypal, pure, pure and simple, quiet, quintessential, rank, refined, regular, representative, restrained, ripe, ripened, round, serious, shattering, shocking, simple, standard, stark, stark-staring, straightforward, subdued, superannuated, superior, superlative, surpassing, tasteful, terse, the veriest, thorough, thoroughgoing, top, top-notch, total, traditional, trim, typical, unaffected, unbearable, unconscionable, undeniable, understated, unequivocal, unlabored, unmitigated, unobtrusive, unqualified, unrelieved, unspoiled, utter, weighty, well-chosen, workaday, workday


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