from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An archaic word, phrase, idiom, or other expression.
- n. An archaic style, quality, or usage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The adoption or imitation of archaic words or style.
- n. An archaic word, style, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient, antiquated, or old-fashioned, word, expression, or idiom; a word or form of speech no longer in common use.
- n. Antiquity of style or use; obsoleteness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The adoption or imitation of that which is antiquated or out of use; especially, the use of archaic words or fòrms of speech.
- n. The quality of being archaic; antiquity of style, manner, or use, as in art or literature; especially, in art, the appearance of traces of the imperfect conception or unskilful handling of tools and material belonging to an art before the time of its highest development. See the archaic, under archaic.
- n. That which is archaic; especially, an antiquated or obsolete word, expression, pronunciation, or idiom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of an archaic expression
To have branded the latest menace with so retro an epithet as “communism”—a byword for archaism and failure—would not be as morally resonant.
As for the archaism, that is well enough for those who like it.
(R/S 104) In response conventional science-fiction can only ratify its own transition to archaism, by producing images of the future that are ‘a kind of historical romance in reverse, a sealed world into which the hard light of contemporary reality was never really allowed to penetrate.’
"Steeped in effective 19th-century archaism, yet steely in sustaining the story, the prose is as poetic as it is violent."
The greybeards hated the archaism of Burne-Jones's dense application of scumbled and rubbed watercolour, designed to mimic the tempera techniques of early renaissance painters.
I think it might be a faux-archaism, but am not quite sure – yet.
It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes.
In the Nouvel Observateur magazine last week, editor Laurent Joffrin wrote that an "indulgence of overly insistent advances, which end up as affronts to the dignity of women, are a French archaism which is broadly spread across all political parties and all milieus".
Sigurd and Gudrún is an exercise in conscious archaism not just in subject matter, and not just in poetic form and idiom.
Her attitude, despite appearances, is therefore not one of archaism but of fidelity: it can be truly understood only in this light.