(?), a. Capable of being classed.
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(?), } 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.
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Give, as thy last memorial to the age,
One classic drama, and reform the stage.
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Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject [Roman weights and coins].
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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.
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Though throned midst Latium's classic plains.
Mrs. Hemans.
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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.
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He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college.
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3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
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Classical, provincial, and national synods.
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Classicals orders. (Arch.) See under Order.
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