Pronunciation: (är'kē-iz"um, -kā-), [key]
1. something archaic, as a word or expression.
2. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist's style provided a sense of the period.
3. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism. Also,ar•cha•i•cismPronunciation: (är-kā'u-siz"um). [key]
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