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1. An archaic word, phrase, idiom, or other expression.
2. An archaic style, quality, or usage.
[New Latin archaeismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaios, ancient; see archaic.]
ar′cha·is′tic (-ĭs′tĭk) adj.
1. the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an archaic word, expression, style, etc
[C17: from New Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaïsmos, from arkhaizein to model one's style upon that of ancient writers; see archaic]
ar•cha•ism(ˈɑr kiˌɪz əm, -keɪ-)
1. an archaic verbal usage.
2. the use of archaic style or language.
3. the survival or presence of something from the past.
ar′cha•ize`, v.t., v.i. -ized, -iz•ing.
a taste for and imitation of earlier styles, a recurrent phenomenon since ancient times based on the premise that earlier works were somehow purer and simpler. Cf. primitivism.See also: Art
an inclination toward old-fashioned things, speech, etc. Also archaicism. — archaist, n. — archaic, adj.See also: Past
an inclination toward old-fashioned things, speech, or actions, especially those of one’s ancestors. Also archaicism. — archaist, n. — archaistic, adj.See also: Ancestors
the deliberate use, for effect, of old-fashioned terminology in literature.See also: Language Style
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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
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
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
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
verily - in truth; certainly; "I verily think so"; "trust in the Lord...and verily thou shalt be fed"- Ps 37:3
imperativeness, instancy - the quality of being insistent; "he pressed his demand with considerable instancy"