- the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
- an individual embodying such a reversion.
- ataturk, kemal,
- atatürk, kemal,
- ataxia telangiectasia,
Origin of atavism
Examples from the Web for atavism
Can I explain, can anyone explain, the mysterious vagaries of atavism?Uncanny Tales|Various
The facts were wrong, and the theory of atavism perfectly unreasonable as applied to such a case.My Autobiography|F. Max Mller
Through some strange freak of atavism the father of the boy bred back, and was more or less of a Stone-Age cave-dweller.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
Is there no sympathy with this unhappy victim of atavism, or of society?Not Guilty|Robert Blatchford
Altogether a good deal of nonsense has been written about atavism.Woman|William J. Robinson
Word Origin for atavism
1833, from French atavisme, attested by 1820s, from Latin atavus "ancestor, forefather," from at- perhaps here meaning "beyond" + avus "grandfather," from PIE *awo- "adult male relative other than the father" (see uncle).