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archaism

[ahr-kee-iz-uh m, -key-] /ˈɑr kiˌɪz əm, -keɪ-/
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-uh m] /ɑrˈkeɪ əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; earlier archaismus < Latin < Greek archaïsmós. See archaize, -ism
Related forms
archaist, noun
archaistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for archaist

archaism

/ˈɑːkɪˌɪzəm; -keɪ-/
noun
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
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 archaist

archaism

n.

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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