archaic

   This adjective is applied to the early stage in the development of an art style. It is at this stage that the characteristics of the fully developed style are found, although in simpler forms. The term is often used to describe the art of ancient Greek artists whose early sculpture were a step in the direction of more natural figures. The term may also describe work which conveys characteristics of earlier art; old-fashioned. (pr. ?r-KAY-?k)

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  • Archaic — may refer to a period of time preceding a classical period :*List of archaeological periods **Archaic period in Greece **Archaic period in the Americas **Early Dynastic Period of Egypt *Archaic Homo sapiens, people who lived about 300,000 to… …   Wikipedia

  • archaic — [är kā′ik] adj. [Gr archaikos < archaios, old, ancient < archein, begin] 1. belonging to an earlier period; ancient 2. antiquated; old fashioned 3. that has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • Archaic — Ar*cha ic, a. [Gr. archai:ko s old fashioned, fr. archai^os ancient.] Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • archaic — I adjective ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, extinct, fossilized, medieval, obsolescent, obsolete, old, old fashioned, old world, outdated, outmoded, passe, prehistoric, primitive, superannuated, time worn II index antique, obsolete, old …   Law dictionary

  • archaic — (adj.) 1810, from or by influence of Fr. archaique (1776), ultimately from Gk. arkhaikos old fashioned, from arkhaios ancient, from arkhe beginning (see ARCHON (Cf. archon)). Archaical is attested from 1799 …   Etymology dictionary

  • archaic — obsolete, antiquated, antique, *old, ancient, antediluvian, venerable Antonyms: up to date Contrasted words: fresh, novel, *new, newfangled, new fashioned, modern, modernistic: fashionable, modish (see STYLISH) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • archaic — [adj] very old ancient, antiquated, antique, bygone, obsolete, olden, old fashioned, outmoded, out of date, passé, primitive, superannuated; concepts 578,797 Ant.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

  • archaic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) belonging to former or ancient times. 2) old or in an old fashioned style. DERIVATIVES archaically adverb. ORIGIN Greek arkhaios ancient …   English terms dictionary

  • archaic — archaically, adv. /ahr kay ik/, adj. 1. marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion. 2. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present day usage except to… …   Universalium

  • 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

  • archaic — 1. noun /ɑɹˈkejɪk/ A general term for the prehistoric period intermediate between the earliest period (‘[ …   Wiktionary


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