clas·​si·​cize ˈkla-sə-ˌsīz How to pronounce classicize (audio)
classicized; classicizing

intransitive verb

: to follow classic style

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The building is classicizing, with its base and capital, at the same time that those patterns on the facade borrow from ironwork by Southern slaves, and the facade’s canted, three-tiered structure derives from West African sculptural traditions. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 Thus by the late 1920s, Brancusi’s classicizing harmonies had influenced sculptors including William Zorach, John Flanagan and Hugo Robus. William C. Agee, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of classicize was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Classicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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