obsoletism


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ob·so·lete

 (ŏb′sə-lēt′, ŏb′sə-lēt′)
adj.
1. No longer in use: an obsolete word.
2. Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.
3. Biology Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.
tr.v. ob·so·let·ed, ob·so·let·ing, ob·so·letes
To cause to become obsolete: "The textbook publishers use every trick known to the marketing mind to obsolete their products year after year, thus closing off the possibility of second-hand sales" (Thomas Frank).

[Latin obsolētus, past participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse; see obsolescent.]

ob′so·lete′ly adv.
ob′so·lete′ness n.
ob′so·let′ism n.

obsoletism

(ˈɒbsəˌliːtɪzəm)
n
a thing, esp a word or group of words, that has gone out of use or is out of date
a rare word for obsolescence
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obsoletism

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1. The quality or state of being obsolete:
2. Something that is obsolete:
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Another Scandinavian obsoletism which was displaced by a French synonym was agrote 'to cloy, cram, surfeit'.
The writer compared more than 4000 words, and it is evident that the obsoletism postdates the living synonym four times in five--often by a century or more" (Dike 1933: 210).
Out of over 1500 Scandinavian loanwords found in the MED and the OED, 258 became obsolete in the 15th century, (2) which constitutes about half of all the Scandinavian obsoletisms found in the dictionaries.