to my thinking urbanity involves the total absence of
all that is incongruous, coarse, unpolished and exotic
whether in thought, language, voice or gesture, and
resides not so much in isolated sayings as in the
whole complexion of our language, just as for the
Greeks Atticism means that elegance of taste which
was peculiar to Athens.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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