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[ahr-kee-iz-uh m, -key-] /ˈɑr kiˌɪz əm, -keɪ-/
something archaic, as a word or expression.
the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art:
The archaism of the novelist's style provided a sense of the period.
the survival or presence of something from the past:
The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism.
Also, archaicism
[ahr-key-uh-siz-uh m] /ɑrˈkeɪ əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of archaism
1635-45; earlier archaismus < Latin < Greek archaïsmós. See archaize, -ism
Related forms
archaist, noun
archaistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • First, that language differs from one era to the next: archaism intrudes, if only in punctuation and cadence.
British Dictionary definitions for archaism


/ˈɑːkɪˌɪzəm; -keɪ-/
the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
an archaic word, expression, style, etc
Derived Forms
archaist, noun
archaistic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaïsmos, from arkhaizein to model one's style upon that of ancient writers; see archaic
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Word Origin and History for archaism

1640s, "retention of what is old and obsolete," from Modern Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein "to copy the ancients" (in language, etc.); see archaic. Meaning "an archaic word or expression" is from c.1748.

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