Adjective "archaic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very old or old-fashioned.
  1. 'Within a month of buying one, I disconnected my archaic home phone and took the cell everywhere.'
  2. 'The opposite of modern is not really conservative, but archaic or ancient, or orthodox.'
  3. 'That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.'
  4. '‘The newspaper industry prices itself in a way that is at best archaic and at worst antediluvian,’ he says.'
  5. 'Why can we not shun our archaic practices and methods and step into the new world.'
  6. 'The company also plans to pay artists a higher royalty for songs downloaded online, while scrapping archaic methods for calculating Internet sales.'
  7. 'A group called the Knights Templars had secretly gathered information, ancient lore and archaic texts.'
  8. 'The use of this kind of ‘controlled violence’ may not reflect ‘emotional control’ but archaic attitudes towards physical violence.'
  9. 'Most of the diseases she did not know, and she began to lose hope since most of the writing was ancient and archaic.'
  10. 'In any event, the development of pharmacological drugs and community-based programs causes laws on commitment to a hospital to be regarded as archaic vestiges of a bygone era.'
  11. 'a term with a rather archaic ring to it'
  12. 'They may have translated the archaic terms into scientific-sounding language, but it's the same old vitalism, dressed up as quantum physics.'
  13. 'The first two of these are from poems in the style of traditional song lyrics, and thus represent an archaic state of the language preserved in a local dialect.'
  14. 'Because they are short or perceived as popular, certain archaic words survive in newspaper usage: agog, foe, hustings, scribe, slay.'
  15. 'In certain cases, though, an archaic word may be retained in order to maintain the poetic rhyme and not lose the overall effect and value of the hymn.'
  16. '‘So much was made in the press when the book was released, of the way it was written, of the notion that I mixed contemporary with archaic styles,’ he says.'
  17. 'The book, narrated in the first person (and in an archaic style, although whether authentically or in imitation I don't recall), has a false ending which appears to bring the story to a close.'
  18. 'He cringed at his own use of such an archaic word.'
  19. 'Everyone notices all the specialized, archaic and dialect words in these books - catharpings, syllabub, marthambles and the like.'
  20. 'Elevation is lent to his language by archaic and poetic words and an admixture of neologisms, while his extensive use of metaphor more closely resembles poetic than prose usage.'
  21. 'It is written in an archaic style and is full of references to antiquated Greek philosophy which students today can hardly comprehend.'
  22. 'The vigour and simplicity of the archaic Greek temple is partly a Romantic construct, as archaeologists now tell us that they were painted all sorts of garish colours.'
  23. 'Vamedoe, in analysing ‘Boy Leading a Horse’, says the work had a kind of rigidity that made one think of the early archaic Greek sculptures of youth or adolescence.'
  24. 'Schaps, however, underestimates the market orientation of Greek agriculture in the later archaic period.'
  25. 'Sironi's peer in sculpture was Arturo Martini, who also used archaic forms to enliven the classical tradition in search of a non-rhetorical Fascist style.'
  26. 'He is often coupled with the archaic poet Hesiod who wrote the Theogony and Works and Days.'
  27. 'The elegantly run-down synagogue evoked an archaic or abandoned temple from a nearly forgotten age.'
  28. 'Concerning the archaic period, Reed admits that he is engaging in ‘cautious guesswork’.'
  29. 'It looks back ultimately to the Works and Days of the archaic Greek poet Hesiod.'
  30. 'The Summer Palace at Beijing with its archaic temples, pavilions, huge mansions, lakes etc. make a superb picnic spot.'
  31. 'By discovering the archaic roots of Indian culture, he came to understand the deep structures of his own national folklore.'


1. marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion.

2. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth.

3. forming the earliest stage; prior to full development: the archaic period of psychoanalytic research.

4. (often initial capital letter) pertaining to or desig

More examples(as adjective)

"states can be archaic in places."

"machines can be archaic with safeguards."

"heritages can be archaic."

"laws can be archaic."

"systems can be archaic."

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Mid 19th century: from French archaïque, from Greek arkhaikos, from arkhaios, from arkhē ‘beginning’.