Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the use of an archaic expression

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Synonyms of Archaism


Alternate forms of Archaism

Derivations: archaise, archaistic, archaize

Hypernyms: expression, formulation

Origin of the word Archaism

  1. 1640s, "retention of what is old and obsolete," from Gk. arkhaismos, from arkhaizein "to copy the ancients" (in language, etc.); see archaic. Meaning "an archaic word or expression" is from c.1748. more

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