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archaic (adj) (of forms of language, systems, etc.) old fashioned; antiquated.

Old usages no longer spoken or written are archaic. They are used only in poetry or in poetic language. For example, 'thou,' 'thee,' 'perchance,' 'methinks,' etc., are archaic words, because they are not used in ordinary speech or writing, and are considered outdated. A system which is totally out of tune with the modern times is also archaic. For example, in these days of popular governments, monarchy (rule by a king), as system of government, is archaic, that is outdated.

  • Though a large number of words in the plays of Shakespeare are archaic, some usages in them do appear modern and are in current use.
  • The use of archaisms in speech or in writing gives the audience and the readers an odd impression which can be very amusing.
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