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archaism

Definition:

the use of an archaic word or expression

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

archaise | archaize

Derivative:

archaistic

Plural:

archaisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

archaicism | arch. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

17th Century, from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀρχαϊσμός (arkhaismos, "an...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Archaism

the use of a form of speech or writing that is no longer current. This can either be done deliberately or as part of a specific jargon or formula. Many nursery rhymes contain archaisms. Archaic elements that occur only in certain fixed expressions are... (44 of 782 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Archaism

Collins Dictionary:

archaism | archaist [noun, derived]

the adoption or imitation of something archaic, such as a word or an artistic or literary style | an archaic word, expression, style, etc (23 of 381 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/archaism

Oxford Dictionary:

archaism | archaistic [derived]

a thing that is very old or old-fashioned, especially an archaic word or style of language or art | the use or conscious imitation of archaic styles ... (26 of 86 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/archaism

Merriam-Webster:

archaism | archaist [noun, related] | archaistic [adjective, related] | archaize [verb, related]

the use of archaic diction or style | an instance of archaic usage | something archaic ; especially, something (as a practice or custom) that is ... (24 of 80 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/archaism

Random House Dictionary:

archaism

something archaic, as a word or expression. | the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art. | the survival or presence of something from the ... (26 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/archaism

New World Dictionary:

archaism | archaist [noun, related] | archaistic [adjective, related] | archaistically [adverb, related]

the use or imitation of archaic words, technique, etc. | an archaic word, usage, style, practice, etc. (16 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/archaism

American Heritage Dictionary:

archaism | archaist [noun, related] | archaistic [adjective, related]

An archaic word, phrase, idiom, or other expression. | An archaic style, quality, or usage. (14 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/archaism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

archaism [countable] | archaisms [plural]

an old word or phrase that is no longer used (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/archaism

Wiktionary:

archaism | archaisms [plural]

The adoption or imitation of archaic words or style. | An archaic word, style, etc. (14 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/archaism

Cambridge Dictionary:

archaism [specialized]

a word or expression that is not generally used any more (11 of 17 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/archaism

Encarta Dictionary:

archaism | archaisms [plural]

a word, expression, practice, or method from an earlier time that is no longer used | the use of expressions, techniques, and fashions from an earlier ... (25 of 72 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586605​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

archaism | archaisms [plural]

Origin: 17th Century, from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀρχαϊσμός (arkhaismos, "an antiquated phrase or style"), from ἀρχαίζειν (arkhaizein, "to model one's style upon that of ancient writers"), from... (28 of 41 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/archaism

Online Etymology:

archaism

First use: 1640s

Origin: "retention of what is old and obsolete", from Modern Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein "to copy the ... (20 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=archaism

Collins Dictionary:

archaism

First use: 17th century

Origin: from New Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaïsmos, from arkhaizein to model one's style upon that of ancient writers; see archaic

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/archaism

Oxford Dictionary:

archaism

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: modern Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein "imitate archaic styles", from arkhaios "ancient", from arkhē "beginning"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/archaism

New World Dictionary:

archaism

Origin: Modern Latin archaismus from French archaisme from Greek archaismos from archaios, old

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/archaism

American Heritage Dictionary:

archaism

Origin: New Latin archaeismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaios, ancient; see "archaic".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/archaism

Merriam-Webster:

archaism

First use: 1643

Origin: New Latin archaïsmus, from Greek archaïsmos, from archaios

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/archaism

Encarta Dictionary:

archaism | archaisms [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: modern Latin from Greek arkhaismos from arkhaizein "copy the ancients, give an archaic air to" from arkhaios

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586605​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

archaism

Audio: British English pronunciation of "archaism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/archaism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

archaism [countable] | archaisms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "archaism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/archaism

Macmillan American Dictionary:

archaism [countable] | archaisms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "archaism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/archaism

Cambridge Dictionary:

archaism [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "archaism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "archaism"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/archaism

the Free Dictionary:

archaism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "archaism"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "archaism"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "archaism" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/archaism

archaicism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "archaicism"

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Google Dictionary:

archaism | archaisms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "archaism"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=archaism

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

archaism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "archaism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=archai​03 word=archaism

YourDictionary Audio:

archaism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "archaism" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/archaism

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