[ahr-kee-iz-uh m, -key-]
- 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 ar·cha·i·cism [ahr-key-uh-siz-uh m] /ɑrˈkeɪ əˌsɪz əm/.
Origin of archaism
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Examples from the Web for archaist
Rhythm was avoided by Caesar who was an Atticist, and by Sallust who was an archaist.
- the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
- 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
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Word Origin and History for archaist
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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