Pronunciation: (klas'u-siz"um), [key]
1. the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome.
2. adherence to such principles.
3. the classical style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with romanticism). Cf. classical (def. 7).
4. a Greek or Latin idiom or form, esp. one used in some other language.
5. classical scholarship or learning. Also,clas•si•cal•ismPronunciation: (klas'i-ku-liz"um). [key]
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