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Definitions of archaic

  1. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Relating to a remote period; old-fashioned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Ancient: obsolete. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Ancient; primitive. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Belonging to a former period; going out of use; antiquated. -archaical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Ancient; peculiar to remote antiquity; obsolete. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. -AL, ärk-[=a]'ik, -al, adj. ancient: obsolete, esp. of language.--adj. ARCHÆAN (ärk-[=e]'an), of or belonging to the earliest zoological period.--n. ARCHÆOG'RAPHY.--adj. ARCHÆOZ[=O]'IC. (Gr. z[=o][=e], life), pertaining to the era of the earliest living beings on the earth.--adv. ARCH[=A]'ICALLY.--n. ARCH[=A]'ICISM.--v.t. AR'CH[=A]ISE, to imitate the archaic.--ns. ARCH[=A]'ISM, an archaic or obsolete word or phrase; ARCH[=A]'IST (Mrs Browning).--adj. ARCH[=A]IS'TIC, affectedly or imitatively archaic. [Gr. archaikos--archaios, ancient--arch[=e], beginning.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. Primitive, antiquated; (of language) no longer in common use, though retained for special purposes. Hence archaically adv. [Greek] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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