Archaic smile



a conventional representation of the mouth characterized by slightly upturned corners of the lips, found especially on Greek sculpture produced prior to the 5th century b.c.

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  • Archaically

    marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth. forming the earliest stage; prior to full […]

  • Archaism

    something archaic, as a word or expression. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist’s style provided a sense of the period. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism. Historical Examples We find none of the […]



  • Archaize

    to give an archaic appearance or quality to: The poet archaized her work with many Elizabethan words. to use . verb (transitive) to give an archaic appearance or character to, as by the use of archaisms

  • Archaist

    something archaic, as a word or expression. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist’s style provided a sense of the period. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism. Historical Examples Rhythm was avoided by Caesar […]



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