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


/ˈɑːkɪˌɪzəm; -keɪ-/
the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for archaistic



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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