- 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.
Origin of archaism
Examples from the Web for archaism
An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
As for the archaism, that is well enough for those who like it.
The archaism of the English would represent the archaism of the Greek.
As it existed in Germany it has been condemned to extinction by reason of its archaism.My Own Affairs
Louise, Princess of Belgium
Paine's use of the word "lies" in this connection is an archaism.The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. II. (of II)
Moncure Daniel Conway
- the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
- an archaic word, expression, style, etc
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.