Attic salt

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English[edit]

Démosthène s'exerçant à la parole (Demosthenes Practising Oratory, 1870) by Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, from a private collection. Demosthenes (384 – 12 October 322 B.C.E.), a Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens, was known for his wit.

Etymology[edit]

From Attic + salt; a calque of Latin sāl Atticus or sāl Atticum.

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Attic salt (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Pointed and delicate wit.

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