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Archaism  n.  
An ancient, antiquated, or old-fashioned, word, expression, or idiom; a word or form of speech no longer in common use.
Antiquity of style or use; obsoleteness. "A select vocabulary corresponding (in point of archaism and remoteness from ordinary use) to our Scriptural vocabulary."

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"Archaism" Quotes from Famous Books

... these sundry meanings the art of literature would perish. For words carry with them all the meanings they have worn, and the writer shall be judged by those that he selects for prominence in the train of his thought. A slight technical implication, a faint tinge of archaism, in the common turn of speech that you employ, and in a moment you have shaken off the mob that scours the rutted highway, and are addressing a select audience of ticket-holders with closed doors. A single natural phrase of peasant speech, a direct physical sense given to a word that genteel ...
— Style • Walter Raleigh

... the mind, and make one feel that vegetarianism must be a desirable thing. There is the dignity of innocence about the cow, and I often wish that she did not bear so poor a name, a word so unsuitable for poetry; it is lamentable that one has to take refuge in the archaism of kine, when the thing itself ...
— The Thread of Gold • Arthur Christopher Benson

... few lines in length. In an epitaph by Diodorus, a poet of the Augustan age, occurs the phrase {gramma legei},[4] in imitation of the phrase of Herodotus just quoted. This is, no doubt, an intentional archaism; but the word {epigramma} itself does not occur in the collection until the Roman period. Two epigrams on the epigram,[5] one Roman, the other Roman or Byzantine, are preserved, both dealing with the question of the proper length. The former, by Parmenio, merely says ...
— Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology • J. W. Mackail

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