- 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 archaistic
Historical Examples of archaistic
In sound and structure Mather's style is what the critics call "archaistic."American Sketches
Many of these archaistic works are in various museums of art.A History of Art for Beginners and Students
Clara Erskine Clement
A large number of archaistic works appeared, imitated after the antique, as has already been mentioned.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
Racial and other causes removed him from any real affinity to the archaistic moralatarianism of Mr. Holman Hunt.Masques & Phases
By the figure of Sappho is inscribed the beginning of her name, in letters of archaistic form.Illuminated Manuscripts in Classical and Mediaeval Times
J. Henry Middleton
- 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
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.