Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


 (är′kē-ĭz′əm, -kā-)
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·ist n.
ar′cha·is′tic (-ĭs′tĭk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archaist - a person who archaizes
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.archaist - an expert or collector of antiquitiesarchaist - an expert or collector of antiquities
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
References in periodicals archive ?
That Vincent is not a mere archaist is evidenced by an extraordinary passage wherein he combines his profound interest in the preservation of apostolic truth with an equally firm insistence that development must occur over time.
This work revolves around the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a consciously archaist outdoorsy organization founded in 1920 by one John Hargrave, a renegade Boy Scout commissioner who had turned against the late-Victorian militarism of the movement's founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and toward rituals drawn from Saxon, Norse, and American Indian culture.
If Shakespeare proves to be an archaist in relation to the usage of his time, then this linguistic feature should be mirrored in his works in translation, too; if Shakespeare uses a contemporary poetic language, then the translator may also choose the modern language of his time.