Share this entry

archaic
American English: /ɑrˈkeɪɪk/
British English: /ɑːˈkeɪɪk/

Translation of archaic in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1.1 (Archaeol)
    Example sentences
    • Schaps, however, underestimates the market orientation of Greek agriculture in the later archaic period.
    • This city was settled by Phoenicians in the archaic period and it challenged the rising Roman Republic in three wars culminating in its own destruction in the second century B.C.E.
    • Concerning the archaic period, Reed admits that he is engaging in ‘cautious guesswork’.
    1.2 (Linguistics)
    (word/use)
    (style)
    Example sentences
    • They may have translated the archaic terms into scientific-sounding language, but it's the same old vitalism, dressed up as quantum physics.
    • Because they are short or perceived as popular, certain archaic words survive in newspaper usage: agog, foe, hustings, scribe, slay.
    • Elevation is lent to his language by archaic and poetic words and an admixture of neologisms, while his extensive use of metaphor more closely resembles poetic than prose usage.
    1.3 (antiquated)
    (custom/ideas)
    Example sentences
    • The company also plans to pay artists a higher royalty for songs downloaded online, while scrapping archaic methods for calculating Internet sales.
    • Director of the Scottish Tourist Forum, Ivan Broussine, warned that archaic attitudes were threatening the health of the tourist industry.
    • In short, the modernization of economic structures leads to a rise, rather than a decline, in archaic attitudes of mind.

Definition of archaic in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
    noun
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.