archaism

noun ar·cha·ism \ ˈär-kē-ˌi-zəm , -(ˌ)kā-ˌi- \

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

archaist

play \-ist\ noun

archaistic

play \ˌär-kē-ˈis-tik, -(ˌ)kā-\ adjective

archaize

play \ˈär-kē-ˌīz, -(ˌ)kā-\ verb

Examples of archaism in a Sentence

  1. the archaisms “methinks” and “saith”

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Origin and Etymology of archaism

New Latin archaïsmus, from Greek archaïsmos, from archaios


ARCHAISM Defined for English Language Learners

archaism

noun

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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