- 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.
Origin of archaism
Examples from the Web for archaist
Historical Examples of archaist
Rhythm was avoided by Caesar who was an Atticist, and by Sallust who was an archaist.
- the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
- an archaic word, expression, style, etc
Word Origin for archaism
Word Origin and History for archaist
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.