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ARCHAIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does archaic mean? 

ARCHAIC (adjective)
  The adjective ARCHAIC has 2 senses:

1. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
2. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

  Familiarity information: ARCHAIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARCHAIC (adjective)


Sense 1archaic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

Synonyms:

antiquated; archaic; antediluvian

Context examples:

a ramshackle antediluvian tenement / antediluvian ideas / archaic laws

Similar:

old (of long duration; not new)


Sense 2archaic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

Synonyms:

archaic; primitive

Context examples:

archaic forms of life / primitive mammals / the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe

Similar:

early (being or occurring at an early stage of development)


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