Archaism Ar"cha*ism, n. [Gr. 'archai:smo`s, fr. 'archai^os ancient, fr. 'archh` beginning: cf. F. archa["i]sme. See {Arch}, a.] 1. An ancient, antiquated, or old-fashioned, word, expression, or idiom; a word or form of speech no longer in common use. [1913 Webster]

2. Antiquity of style or use; obsoleteness. [1913 Webster]

A select vocabulary corresponding (in point of archaism and remoteness from ordinary use) to our Scriptural vocabulary. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

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