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 (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.
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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
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(27) Munro offers a dichotomy of archaism and nostalgia that insists on the latter's almost parasitic nature; for the archaist 'seek[s] to recreate and reshape, rather than simply to remember or fantasize' like the nostalgic.
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.
He also edited and contributed translations to Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam (Whale and Star, 2008).
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.