- marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion.
- (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth.
- forming the earliest stage; prior to full development: the archaic period of psychoanalytic research.
- (often initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed in Greece from the middle 7th to the early 5th century b.c., chiefly characterized by an increased emphasis on the human figure in action, naturalistic proportions and anatomical structure, simplicity of volumes, forms, or design, and the evolution of a definitive style for the narrative treatment of subject matter.Compare classical(def 6), Hellenistic(def 5).
- primitive; ancient; old: an archaic form of animal life.
Origin of archaic
Related Words for archaicprimitive, ancient, old-fashioned, obsolete, antiquated, outmoded, antique, bygone, superannuated, olden
Examples from the Web for archaic
Contemporary Examples of archaic
While he enjoyed the experience once in the air, he found the process of booking the flight to be archaic and obscure.The Uber for Private Jets Has Landed
August 21, 2014
Too many shows meet their demise way early because of an archaic way of counting.Jim Rash on ‘The Writers’ Room’ and the Future of ‘Community’
April 18, 2014
There was one daunting, archaic elevator, and a flight of stairs with no lights.The Model Diaries: Show Me Your Best ‘Racist’
December 8, 2013
For some reason he revives this archaic label that has not been in general use in Israel for several decades.Not a Useful Contribution
October 1, 2012
She says men who kill women they love have a predisposition for violence and an archaic attitude toward women in their lives.Italy Struggles With Spate of Domestic-Violence Murders
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 16, 2012
Historical Examples of archaic
The original telegraph of Morse, exhibited in 1837, has become an archaic form.Heroes of the Telegraph
Archaic, primitive, so ancient as to be rude, or at least extremely simple.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
He is a diplomatist, an ecclesiastic, an embodiment of all that is severe and archaic in authority.Italy, the Magic Land
Archaic and variable spelling and hyphenation are preserved.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
Archaic and variable spelling is preserved, including pic-nic.What the Blackbird said
Mrs. Frederick Locker
- belonging to or characteristic of a much earlier period; ancient
- out of date; antiquatedan archaic prison system
- (of idiom, vocabulary, etc) characteristic of an earlier period of a language and not in ordinary use
Word Origin for archaic
1810, from or by influence of French archaique (1776), ultimately from Greek arkhaikos "old-fashioned," from arkhaios "ancient," from arkhe "beginning" (see archon). Archaical is attested from 1799.