atavic

[uh-tav-ik]

Origin of atavic

1865–70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique
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Historical Examples of atavic

  • With atavic cunning he sat upon the outside and waited for the triumph of death.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon


Word Origin and History for atavic
adj.

"pertaining to a remote ancestor," 1866, from Latin atavus "ancestor" (see atavism) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper