[ 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.
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Also ar·cha·i·cism [ahr-key-uh-siz-uh m] /ɑrˈkeɪ əˌsɪz əm/.
OTHER WORDS FROM archaismar·cha·ist, nounar·cha·is·tic, adjective
Words nearby archaism
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Example sentences from the Web for archaist
Rhythm was avoided by Caesar who was an Atticist, and by Sallust who was an archaist.
British Dictionary definitions for archaist
/ (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 of archaismarchaist, nounarchaistic, adjective
Word Origin for archaism
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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