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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 of archaism
1635-1645
1635-45; earlier archaismus < Latin < Greek archaïsmós. See archaize, -ism
Related forms
archaist, noun
archaistic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for archaistic
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  • In the same sense we find also Δαναοί, a name which later is used only in archaistic poetry.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • In sound and structure Mather's style is what the critics call "archaistic."

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • From some such p. 163feeling came the Pre-Raphaelite movement of our own day and the archaistic movement of later Greek sculpture.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • Many of these archaistic works are in various museums of art.

  • The language is crabbed, uncertain, archaistic—in no point displaying the incisive brevity of Machiavelli's style.

  • Racial and other causes removed him from any real affinity to the archaistic moralatarianism of Mr. Holman Hunt.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
  • A large number of archaistic works appeared, imitated after the antique, as has already been mentioned.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • By the figure of Sappho is inscribed the beginning of her name, in letters of archaistic form.

  • From some such feeling came the Pre-Raphaelite movement of our own day and the archaistic movement of later Greek sculpture.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • The style of this work, however, is conventional and archaistic, and we can scarcely regard it as typical of the master.

British Dictionary definitions for archaistic

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 archaistic

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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