Definition of archaize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːkeɪʌɪz/
(also archaise)


[with object]
1Give (an artistic work) an old-fashioned flavour by using archaic words or styles.
Example sentences
  • He began by archaizing the linear idiom of Cu Kaizhi and went on experimenting with both Dong Yuan's hemp-fiber brush idiom and the Li Cheng - Guo Xi idiom of devil-face and crab-claw brush patterns.
  • True enough, but then one must ask how an Attic vase painter limited to an awkward bichrome technique could convey a difference, short of archaizing the statues, which is the route usually taken.
  • Because Gauguin simplified and archaized the figures, he did not sully the dignity of the four Arlesian women arrayed as if in ritual procession.
1.1 [no object] Use archaic words or styles in an artistic work.
Example sentences
  • The language in Atistia's epitaph is archaizing, as is the language used on the three other sides of the monument.


Mid 19th century: from Greek arkhaizein, from arkhaios 'ancient' (see Archaean).

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