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 marks of inexperience and archaism which are so conspicuous in the statues of Sepa and Nesa.
A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2) Georges Perrot

An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

His style is by no means destitute of archaism, but it is clear, fluent, and agreeable.
A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury

As for the archaism, that is well enough for those who like it.
The Translations of Beowulf Chauncey Brewster Tinker

As regards the style of my translation, I hope the tinge of archaism I have given it will be felt to suit the matter.
The Teaching of Epictetus Epictetus

As it existed in Germany it has been condemned to extinction by reason of its archaism.
My Own Affairs Louise, Princess of Belgium

Zweig has steered his course skilfully between the dangers of archaism and anachronism.
The Forerunners Romain Rolland

Paine’s use of the word “lies” in this connection is an archaism.
The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. II. (of II) Moncure Daniel Conway

The archaism of their silhouettes strikes us from the first, as much as their isolation in such a place.
Egypt (La Mort De Philae) Pierre Loti

This is an archaism which would be laughable if it were not so dangerous in its effects.
Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World Charlotte Perkins Gilman

noun
the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
an archaic word, expression, style, etc
n.

1640s, “retention of what is old and obsolete,” from Modern Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein “to copy the ancients” (in language, etc.); see archaic. Meaning “an archaic word or expression” is from c.1748.

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