[syn: classical, classic, Greco-Roman, Graeco-Roman, Hellenic]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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,
1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in
literature or art.
Give, as thy last memorial to the age,
One classic drama, and reform the stage. --Byron.
Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical
author on this subject [Roman weights and coins].
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.
Though throned midst Latium's classic plains. --Mrs.
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.
He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the
undergraduates of his college. --Macaulay.
3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art;
chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
Classical, provincial, and national synods.
Classicals orders. (Arch.) See under Order.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an
earlier civilisation and its culture; "classic Cinese
pottery" [syn: classical, classic] [ant:
2: of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work
on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation" [syn:
authoritative, classical, classic, definitive]
3: of or relating to the study of the literary works of ancient
Greece and Rome; " a classical scholar"
4: (language) having the form used by ancient standard authors;
5: of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek
and Roman cultures; "classical mythology"; "classical [syn:
classical, classic, Greco-Roman, Graeco-Roman,
n 1: traditional genre of music conforming to an established
form and appealing to critical interest and developed
musical taste [syn: classical music, classical,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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