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ar·cha·ic

archaic

 
pronunciation:
ar keI ihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or pertaining to ancient times.
Visitors to the town come to see what is left of its archaic fortress.Deep in the cave, scientists found teeth that had belonged to archaic humans.
synonyms:
ancient
similar words:
old
definition 2: of an older time; old-fashioned; outdated.
The city still has some archaic laws that have never been changed or removed--like the law that states the legal way to park your horse.
synonyms:
antique
similar words:
bygone, old
definition 3: no longer in common use, especially in speech or writing.
Shakespeare's plays can be hard to read because some of the words he used are archaic now.
synonyms:
obsolete, out-of-date, outdated
antonyms:
up-to-date
similar words:
bygone, extinct
derivation: archaically (adv.)
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