Definition of archaism
1 : the use of archaic diction or style
2 : an instance of archaic usage
3 : something archaic; especially : something (such as a practice or custom) that is outmoded or old-fashioned
archaistplay \-ist\ noun
archaisticplay \ˌär-kē-ˈis-tik, -(ˌ)kā-\ adjective
archaizeplay \ˈär-kē-ˌīz, -(ˌ)kā-\ verb
Examples of archaism in a Sentence
the archaisms “methinks” and “saith”
Recent Examples of archaism from the Web
Full of archaisms, the language has a neo-Nabokovian extravagance, occasionally overindulgent.
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Origin and Etymology of archaism
New Latin archaïsmus, from Greek archaïsmos, from archaios
First Known Use: 1643See Words from the same year
ARCHAISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of archaism for English Language Learners
: an old word or expression that is no longer used : an archaic word or expression
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