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(more archaic, most archaic)
of or characterized by antiquity or archaism, antiquated, primitive, old-fashioned, as an archaic word or phrase
w:James Russel Lowell, James Russel Lowell,
The Biglow Papers
- A person familiar with the dialect of certain portions of Massachusetts will not fail to recognize, in ordinary discourse, many words now noted in English vocabularies as , the greater part of which were in common use about the time of the King James translation of the Bible. Shakespeare stands less in need of a glossary to most New Englanders than to many a native of the Old Country.
w:Barcley V. Head, Barcley V. Head,
Historia Numorum A Manual Of Greek Numismatics
- There is in the best coin work of the Greeks ... a strength and a delicacy which are often wanting in the fully developed art of a later age.
context, of words or language style
) no longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity. See talk page.
Brann's compass of words, idioms and phrases harks back to the archaic and reaches forward to the futuristic.
" William Cowper Brann,
The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast,
) "old-fashioned", from
) "from the beginning, antiquated, ancient, old", from
) "beginning, origin, at first, anew, afresh", from
) "to be first".
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