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- adj. of the recurrence of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance recombination of genes.
- adj. of a throwback or exhibiting primitivism.
- adj. relating to earlier, more primitive behavior that returns after an absence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. displaying characteristics of a previous cultural era or of a previous ancestral form; displaying atavism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characterized by atavism; atavic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of an atavist
Members of the audience actually gasped when Hayek referred to Socialism as 'atavistic' - the reversion to an older, more primitive form.
Maybe they're just being atavistic, which is generally part of the successful business person's act anyway.
But such cases are so infrequent that they may well be counted atavistic, that is, of the nature of a tendency to return to a previous merely animal condition.
But it divides between those whose feelings might be termed atavistic or revanchist and those who make a reasoned critique, in sorrow as much as anger, of Western policies - especially the Iraq war, the Kosovo affair from 1999 onwards, United States plans for theatre missile-defence, and, not least, the expansion of NATO.
Well, admittedly I had to look up "atavistic" and it means a "throwback", or old fashioned.
In a delivery style that was uncharacteristically fluent, he lambasted the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), describing them as "atavistic" and operating as if they are in the "dark ages".
I have come to the conclusion that certain types of people need scapegoats and sacrificial victims to satisfy some kind of atavistic sadism that compels them to attack what is beautiful and good.
Likewise, spending an hour or two wandering rows of nearly endless varieties of apple trees or a slope covered in lines of tidy blueberry bushes with the sun on your face, looking for ripe fruit with your kids, or even a date, is the kind of atavistic, wholesome good time that Wii hasn't gotten close to touching yet.
In this view, disputed by church leaders, the contest becomes a kind of atavistic zero-sum game.
Clearly, there's some kind of atavistic appeal at work here that scrapes directly from the very bottom of the barrel.