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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Classic  \Clas"sic\,  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. 
 
  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]. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  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. 
  Hemans. 
 
  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. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  {Classicals  orders}.  (Arch.)  See  under  {Order}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  classical 
  adj  1:  (fine  arts)  of  or  characteristic  of  a  form  or  system  felt  to 
  be  of  first  significance  before  modern  times  [ant:  {nonclassical}] 
  2:  of  recognized  authority  or  excellence;  "the  definitive  work 
  on  Greece";  "classical  methods  of  navigation"  [syn:  {authoritative}, 
  {definitive}] 




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