1 a antiquated. b (of a word etc.) no longer in ordinary use, though retained for special purposes.
3 of an early period of art or culture, esp. the 7th-6th c. BC in Greece.
Etymology: F archaiumlque f. Gk arkhaiumlkos (as ARCHAEAN)
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archaic — [adj] very old ancient, antiquated, antique, bygone, obsolete, olden, old fashioned, outmoded, out of date, passé, primitive, superannuated; concepts 578,797 Ant. current, modern, new, present, young … New thesaurus
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archaic — [[t]ɑː(r)ke͟ɪɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Archaic means extremely old or extremely old fashioned. ...archaic laws that are very seldom used... Archaic practices such as these are usually put forward by people of limited outlook. ...archaic… … English dictionary
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