Definition of Archaicism
1. Noun. The use of an archaic expression.
Examples of language type: Ambages, Palfrey, Gildhall, Hold, Hornpipe, Pibgorn, Stockhorn, Complexion, Sooth, Muchness, Fardel, Alienism, The Halt, Negress, Colored, Colored Person, Mulatto, Quadroon, Octoroon, Oriental, Oriental Person, Caitiff, Simple, Meed, Bosom, Air, Fire, Earth, Ether, Quintessence, Water, Menstruum, Compass, Abide, Bide, Stay, Adust, Dark-skinned, Dusky, Swart, Swarthy, Thrown, Thrown And Twisted, Brainish, Hotheaded, Impetuous, Impulsive, Madcap, Tearaway, Dighted, Commodious, Convenient, Proportionable, Verbal, Innocent, Dowerless, Amort, Sublime, Uplifted, Leal, Acold, Frore, Corroborant, Base, Baseborn, Curtal, Small, Puissant, Backward, Feebleminded, Half-witted, Slow-witted, Heartless, Scrivened, Careful, Strait, Horary, Meretricious, Apopemptic, Scriptural, Empiric, Empirical, Hence, Away, Forth, Off, Privily, Brotherly, Mellow, Mellowly, By Chance, Perchance, Verily, Blackamoor, Instancy, Negro, Negroid, Screw
Generic synonyms: Expression, Formulation
Examples of category: Control
Derivative terms: Archaistic, Archaise, Archaistic, Archaize
Lexicographical Neighbors of Archaicism
Literary usage of Archaicism
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Ecclesiologist by Ecclesiological Society (1856)
"With these disputes and with the conflict between developement and archaicism, either in polemics or in art, we do not choose in this place to interfere. ..."
2. A History of Architecture by Russell Sturgis, Arthur Lincoln Frothingham (1915)
"The gables in the upper clearstory would, if designed before 1300, show the influence of Champagne. There is a curious archaicism in the lower clearstory of ..."
3. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1898)
"Without sham archaicism, he has, as a rule, succeeded admirably in rendering the delicate romantic tone of his originals. Leaving the Cliges episode out of ..."
4. American Journal of Archaeology by Archaeological Institute of America (1891)
"They are impressive, with a peculiar combination of stiff archaicism and powerful naturalism. The rigid attitude shows ..."
5. The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin (1851)
"But how far it is possible to recur to such archaicism, or to make up for it by any voluntary abandonment ..."
6. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1901)
"The strained archaicism—because we can call it nothing else—is all the more curious when taken in connection with the elaborate statement of arguments in ..."