Meaning of archaism


Pronunciation: (är'kē-iz"um, -kā-), [key]
— n.
  1. something archaic, as a word or expression.
  2. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist's style provided a sense of the period.
  3. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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