- the use or imitation of archaic words, technique, etc.
- an archaic word, usage, style, practice, etc.
Origin of archaismModern Latin archaismus from French archaisme from Classical Greek archaismos from archaios, old
- An archaic word, phrase, idiom, or other expression.
- An archaic style, quality, or usage.
Origin of archaismNew Latin archaeismus from Greek arkhaismos from arkhaios ancient ; see archaic .
- The adoption or imitation of archaic words or style.
- An archaic word, style, etc.
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 ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, “old, ancient”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “beginning”), from ἄρχω (arkhō, “I begin”).