Origin of atavic

1865–70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for atavic

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper