• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Atavic Pertaining to a remote ancestor, or to atavism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • atavic Pertaining to atavism; characterized by or exhibiting atavism; reversionary.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. atavique,


In literature:

It was an interesting case of atavism.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
Through some strange freak of atavism the father of the boy bred back, and was more or less of a Stone-Age cave-dweller.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
This is known as atavism.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
What are heredity and atavism, save, under another name, the terrible sin of the beginning?
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
All cases of atavism are treated in the hospitals.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
For a short moment he hesitated but atavism and necessity were against him.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Atavism invariably attacks the weak; and individuals of neurasthenic type are more frequently its victims than are any other class of people.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
Natural science calls retrogression of species, which shows signs of a former state already overcome, atavism.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
Can I explain, can anyone explain, the mysterious vagaries of atavism?
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
The chapters on Inheritance, and on Reversion to ancestral characters, or atavism, are profoundly suggestive.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany

In news:

'God of Carnage' exposes atavism in a bourgeois living room.
'God of Carnage ' exposes atavism in a bourgeois living room.

In science:

The case of atavisms shows that this is in principle possible.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation