• WordNet 3.6
    • n atavist an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atavist In biology, an organic being which exhibits atavism.
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In literature:

On the other side a primal beast, just as huge, rage-driven, atavistic, savage.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
A flash of atavistic cunning came to him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
That racial, atavistic terror seizes upon him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Atavistic, sub-conscious revelations were in the face.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We must distinguish between atavistic and parental influences.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
This return to something more primitive is an unhealthy atavistic tendency and makes for both racial and individual inferiority.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
I suppose you might say I went atavistic, or something, at hearing this fellow claim he was Wetzel's nephew.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
But no words came for the one and she was not quite atavistic enough for the other.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
To me he is interesting, for he proves the truth of my atavistic theory.
"By Right of Conquest" by Arthur Hornblow
My spine, too, like Conlon's, registered an authentic shiver of protest and atavistic fear.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
All that there was of vulgar curiosity in man awoke, as atavistic bestiality at the smell of blood.
"The Crime of the Boulevard" by Jules Claretie
Certainly nearly all writers write verse before they write prose; perhaps it is atavistic.
"Literature in the Making" by Various
These non-luminous mutants occasionally give rise to atavistic brilliantly luminous forms.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
The reason, I think, must be atavistic.
"The Gray Phantom's Return" by Herman Landon
Atavistic ferocity glittered in Agrippa's eyes.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
Deering was very human and fought against an atavistic shrinking from the dark and loneliness.
"Northwest!" by Harold Bindloss
Merely galloping back for an instant, and finding the summons was not repeated, he returned to his atavistic task.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
With what difficulty do we entirely throw off atavistic notions!
"Beaumaroy Home from the Wars" by Anthony Hope
Civilised mankind does not in any great measure take back atavistically to the upper-barbarian habit of mind.
"The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays" by Thorstein Veblen
Much might be added regarding atavistic degeneracy, as an explanation of the mental and moral defects of human beings.
"Stories of the Universe: Animal Life" by B. Lindsay

In poetry:

My life was staid, my rates were paid,
And peace was in my mind.
Nor recked I of unruly men
To evil deeds inclined -
Strange, primal atavistic men
Who shock the peaceful citizen.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
For countless ages it, mayhap,
The fatal taint had missed,
Till, in our day, a babe was born
With some strange mental twist.
A thing for all men's sympathy --
A foredoomed atavist.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis

In news:

Atavist Almost Pulled the Plug Before It Raised Money From Eric Schmidt & IAC.
Atavist CEO and editor Evan Ratliff explains how Atavist navigated the early years.
Byliner, the Atavist and Virginia Quarterly Review take the form into the future.
Evan Ratliff of The Atavist – Building Software to Tell Stories.
The Atavist Lands $1.5 Million in Funding.
Long form digital journalism publisher and app developer The Atavist secured a round of funding worth $1.5 million.
Perhaps it is childhood memories of stories about the pilgrims, but whatever the reason, Americans seem to have an atavistic yearning for New England each fall.
Spaceways inc size large version soul atavistic 1105 - 2002.
Firing up a copy machine may not inspire the atavistic awe of harnessing nature that comes from turning on a water tap, but we'd be fools to forget how essential the Xerox and its competitors are to modern existence.
Pianist Varro , irrespective of his associations with neo-traditionalists, is no atavist trying to recreate the swing of yesteryear via musical Xeroxing.
The reception so far given "My Mother's Lover," my story at The Atavist of my mother's WWII romance, has been immensely gratifying.
Atavist Almost Pulled the Plug Before It Raised Money From Eric Schmidt & IAC .
Atavist CEO and editor Evan Ratliff explains how Atavist navigated the early years.
The Atavist's brain trust may have meager credentials as entrepreneurs, but they have deep bona fides in publishing : Mr Ratliff, the chief executive of The Atavist, is a longtime contributor to Wired magazine.
With Byliner and Atavist, Hungry Freelance Writers Seek Out Alternatives To Magazine Work.