archaism

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Etymology[edit]

17th Century, from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀρχαϊσμός ‎(arkhaïsmós, an antiquated phrase or style), from ἀρχαίζειν ‎(arkhaízein, to model one's style upon that of ancient writers), from ἀρχαῖος ‎(arkhaîos, old, ancient), from ἀρχή ‎(arkhḗ, beginning), from ἄρχω ‎(árkhō, I begin).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑː(ɹ)keɪˌɪzəm/, /ˈɑː(ɹ)kiˌɪzəm/

Noun[edit]

archaism ‎(plural archaisms)

  1. The adoption or imitation of archaic words or style.
  2. An archaic word, style, etc.
    • L. Douglas
      He had the fastidiousness, the preciosity, the love of archaisms, of your true decadent.

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