[ad_1] noun
  1. something archaic, as a word or expression.
  2. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist’s style provided a sense of the period.
  3. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism.


  1. the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style
  2. an archaic word, expression, style, etc

1640s, “retention of what is old and obsolete,” from Modern Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein “to copy the ancients” (in language, etc.); see archaic. Meaning “an archaic word or expression” is from c.1748.

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