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atavic

[uh-tav-ik]
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adjective
  1. atavistic.

Origin of atavic

1865–70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique
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Examples from the Web for atavic

Historical Examples

  • With atavic cunning he sat upon the outside and waited for the triumph of death.

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    George Barr McCutcheon


Word Origin and History for atavic

adj.

"pertaining to a remote ancestor," 1866, from Latin atavus "ancestor" (see atavism) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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