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Definition of "archaism" []

  • An archaic word, phrase, idiom, or other expression. (noun)
  • An archaic style, quality, or usage. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "archaism" in a sentence
  • "To have branded the latest menace with so retro an epithet as “communism”—a byword for archaism and failure—would not be as morally resonant."
  • "As for the archaism, that is well enough for those who like it."
  • "(R/S 104) In response conventional science-fiction can only ratify its own transition to archaism, by producing images of the future that are ‘a kind of historical romance in reverse, a sealed world into which the hard light of contemporary reality was never really allowed to penetrate.’"