atavistic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj atavistic characteristic of an atavist
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • atavistic Pertaining to or characterized by atavism; atavic.
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Usage

In literature:

She always impresses me as a sort of atavistic idealization of the old Kelt at his finest and best.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
But there is something atavistic in me; I hark back to unconstitutional monarchs.
"The World Set Free" by Herbert George Wells
Reversions, or atavistic changes, would seem to give a better support to the theory of descent through modifications.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
An atavistic instinct prompted him to reach for the button of his right glove.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
Susan herself had no interest in these atavistic developments.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The atavistic nature of his act in throwing the dog into the oil tank is quite evident.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
It is not likely to show itself atavistically in the children.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
It is implied that the process may be atavistic.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
But he knows that those ages are past and that present day adherence to the old ideals is atavistic and reactionary.
"Socialism: Positive and Negative" by Robert Rives La Monte
Call it an atavistic response to the unknowns of darkness.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
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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.
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