archaist

archaism

[ahr-kee-iz-uhm, -key-]
noun
1.
something archaic, as a word or expression.
2.
the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist's style provided a sense of the period.
3.
the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism.
Also, archaicism [ahr-key-uh-siz-uhm] .


Origin:
1635–45; earlier archaismus < Latin < Greek archaïsmós. See archaize, -ism

archaist, noun
archaistic, adjective
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archaism (ˈɑːkɪˌɪzəm, -keɪ-)
 
n
1.  the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
2.  an archaic word, expression, style, etc
 
[C17: from New Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaïsmos, from arkhaizein to model one's style upon that of ancient writers; see archaic]
 
'archaist
 
n
 
archa'istic
 
adj

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archaism
1640s, "retention of what is old and obsolete," from Gk. 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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