EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
ar·cha·i·cism [ahr- key- uh-siz- uh m] /ɑrˈkeɪ əˌsɪz əm/
Origin of archaism 1635–45;
-ism Related forms ar·cha·ist, noun ar·cha·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for archaist Historical Examples of archaist British Dictionary definitions for archaist noun 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 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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Word Origin and History for archaist n.
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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