Graecismus

An Introduction to Graecismus

Graecismus refers to the use of Greek words, idioms, grammatical structures or orthographical features in written or spoken English. This device is a more specific form of SoraismusOpens in new window and a relative of HebraismOpens in new window.

An Example of Graecismus
  • “There is only one word for love in the English language, which limits our communication of such a diverse affection. In Greek there are five different words for — including Agape which is the one we will focus on today…”
Further Readings:
Silva Rhetoricae, Figures | Graecismus Opens in new window
Brett Zimmerman | Edgar Allan Poe: Rhetoric and Style: Graecismus Opens in new window