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archaism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Archaism  \Ar"cha*ism\,  n.  [Gr.  'archai:smo`s,  fr  'archai^os 
  ancient,  fr  'archh`  beginning:  cf  F.  archa["i]sme.  See 
  {Arch},  a.] 
  1.  An  ancient,  antiquated,  or  old-fashioned,  word 
  expression,  or  idiom;  a  word  or  form  of  speech  no  longer 
  in  common  use 
 
  2.  Antiquity  of  style  or  use  obsoleteness. 
 
  A  select  vocabulary  corresponding  (in  point  of 
  archaism  and  remoteness  from  ordinary  use)  to  our 
  Scriptural  vocabulary.  --De  Quincey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  archaism 
  n  :  the  use  of  an  archaic  expression  [syn:  {archaicism}] 




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