atavic

[ uh-tav-ik ]
/ əˈtæv ɪk /

adjective

Origin of atavic

1865–70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique
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Examples from the Web for atavic

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

    The Man From Brodney's|George Barr McCutcheon