atavic [uh-tav-ik] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. atavistic.

Origin of atavic 1865–70; atav(ism) + -ic, modeled on French atavique Examples from the Web for atavic Historical Examples of atavic

  • With atavic cunning he sat upon the outside and waited for the triumph of death.

    The Man From Brodney’s

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • Word Origin and History for atavic adj.

    “pertaining to a remote ancestor,” 1866, from Latin atavus “ancestor” (see atavism) + -ic.

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