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archaicism

(ɑːˈkeɪɪsɪzəm)
n
an archaism
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Noun1.archaicism - the use of an archaic expression
ambages - (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
palfrey - especially a light saddle horse for a woman
gildhall - the meeting place of a medieval guild
hold - a stronghold
pibgorn, stockhorn, hornpipe - an ancient (now obsolete) single-reed woodwind; usually made of bone
complexion - (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
sooth - truth or reality; "in sooth"
muchness - greatness of quantity or measure or extent
fardel - a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
alienism - an obsolete term for the study and treatment of mental illness
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
the halt - (archaic) lame persons collectively; "the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind"--Luke 14:21
Negress - a Black woman or girl
colored, colored person - a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
mulatto - an offspring of a black and a white parent
quadroon - an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent; a person who is one-quarter black
octoroon - an offspring of a quadroon and a white parent; a person who is one-eighth black
Oriental, oriental person - a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)
caitiff - a cowardly and despicable person
simple - any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
meed - a fitting reward
bosom - the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; "his bosom was bursting with the secret"
air - once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
fire - once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
earth - once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
ether, quintessence - the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
water - once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
menstruum - (archaic) a solvent
control - verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
abide, bide, stay - dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
commodious, convenient - large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense); "a commodious harbor"; "a commodious building suitable for conventions"
horary - relating to the hours; "the horary cycle"
meretricious - like or relating to a prostitute; "meretricious relationships"
apopemptic - addressed to one who is departing; "apopemptic hymns"
scriptural - written or relating to writing
empiric, empirical - relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment"
hence - from this place; "get thee hence!"
away, forth, off - from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach"
privily - confidentially or in secret; "told her friend privily that she was planning to be married"
brotherly - (archaic as adverb) in a brotherly manner
mellow, mellowly - (obsolete) in a mellow manner
by chance, perchance - through chance, "To sleep, perchance to dream.."
verily - in truth; certainly; "I verily think so"; "trust in the Lord...and verily thou shalt be fed"- Ps 37:3
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s praise of the book's archaicism was by no means a universal sentiment.
Strikes me as lame now, but I was impressed then, though the archaicism bothered me (and the poem was a bit obscure).
Typically, death, violence, evil (metaphysical or actual), madness, enclosure, doubling, dangerous sexuality, incest, archaicism, ruins, haunting, monsters, bats, rats, cats, eschatological religiosity and hyperbolically tawdry dark aesthetics come to mind when the word "Gothic" is used.