an old antiquated or old fashioned word phrase or idiom a word or type of message no further in keeping usage
- the application of an archaic phrase
- a historical, antiquated, or antique, term, phrase, or idiom; a word or as a type of address no longer in common usage.
- Antiquity of design or use; obsoleteness.
1640s, "retention of something old and outdated," from contemporary Latin archaismus, from Greek arkhaismos, from arkhaizein "to duplicate the ancients" (in language, etc.); see archaic. Meaning "an archaic word or appearance" is from c.1748.
A revival of archaic design as a consequence of dissatisfaction with a way previously considered ideal. -- L.V.
(a.) An ancient, antiquated, or conventional, term, phrase, or idiom; a word or type of speech no further in accordance usage.
- (a.) Antiquity of style or usage; obsoleteness.
He was already a poet by predilection, an idyllist and steeped in the classical archaism of the time, when, in 1784, his taste for the antique was confirmed by a visit to Rome made in the company of two schoolfellows, the brothers Trudaine.