• WordNet 3.6
    • n archaism the use of an archaic expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Archaism An ancient, antiquated, or old-fashioned, word, expression, or idiom; a word or form of speech no longer in common use.
    • Archaism Antiquity of style or use; obsoleteness. "A select vocabulary corresponding (in point of archaism and remoteness from ordinary use) to our Scriptural vocabulary."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n archaism The adoption or imitation of that which is antiquated or out of use; especially, the use of archaic words or fòrms of speech.
    • n archaism The quality of being archaic; antiquity of style, manner, or use, as in art or literature; especially, in art, the appearance of traces of the imperfect conception or unskilful handling of tools and material belonging to an art before the time of its highest development. See the archaic, under archaic.
    • n archaism That which is archaic; especially, an antiquated or obsolete word, expression, pronunciation, or idiom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Archaism an archaic or obsolete word or phrase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'archai:smo`s, fr. 'archai^os ancient, fr. 'archh` beginning: cf. F. archaïsme,. See Arch (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. archaikosarchaios, ancient—archē, beginning.


In literature:

The very faint archaism of the style may have alienated them.
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
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" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
His effort to create mediaeval atmosphere by the use of archaisms does not preclude modern idiom and slang.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
Their office is the stabilisation of archaic institutions, the measure of archaism varying from one to another.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
Butler bought this to help him to make up his mind as to the limits of permissible archaism in translating the Odyssey and the Iliad.
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
This, now a Northern provincialism, is an archaism at least as old as the fourteenth century.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
A law archaism for the sea-coast.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Cienfuegos was blamed for an unsparing use of both archaisms and gallicisms.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Legislation might be needed on occasion in order to get rid of archaisms which had survived the purgation of the two prior centuries.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
A slight touch of archaism (it is very slight) which is to be discovered in his work assists its effect not a little.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury