archaic
adjective Etymology: French or Greek; French archaïque, from Greek archaïkos, from archaios Date: 1832 1. having the characteristics of the language of the past and surviving chiefly in specialized uses <
an archaic word
>
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of an earlier or more primitive time ; antiquated <
archaic legal traditions
>
3. capitalized of or belonging to the early or formative phases of a culture or a period of artistic development; especially of or belonging to the period leading up to the classical period of Greek culture 4. surviving from an earlier period; specifically typical of a previously dominant evolutionary stage 5. capitalized of or relating to the period from about 8000 B.C. to 1000 B.C. and the North American cultures of that time Synonyms: see oldarchaically adverb

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