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Ciceronian

[sis-ə-ROH-nee-ən]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid 17th century

1.

Characteristic of the work and thought of Cicero. When relating to writing or speech, that which is in a manner similar to that of Cicero; logical and elegant.

Examples of Ciceronian in a sentence

"She delivered a lecture in a Ciceronian manner — clear, logical, and riveting to listen to."

"There was a Ciceronian elegance to the letter, which made logical arguments for the board to consider."

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About Ciceronian

Ciceronian is derived from the name of the great Roman statesman, orator, and writer Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE). He had an incredible influence on Latin prose style, which in turn directly influenced much European prose.

Did you Know?

Cicero, for whom the word “Ciceronian” was coined, had a style of oratory and prose that relied heavily on subordinate clauses while also being logically balanced. For example, “a room without books is like a body without a soul” is credited to Cicero.

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