If you use the adjective archaic you are referring to something outmoded, belonging to an earlier period. Rotary phones and cassette players already seem so archaic!


Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.

Adjective S.
little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

Adjective S.
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws"

Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.


Ar*cha"ic , a. [Gr. old-fashioned, fr. ancient.] Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.

Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.


Usage Examples

Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life.

The Constitution remains brilliant in its overall design and sound with respect to the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers. But there are numerous archaic provisions that inhibit constructive change and adaptation. These constitutional bits affect the daily life of the republic and every citizen in it.

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Other Usage Examples

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It's the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe.

Technology has changed, and we need to figure out how to improve the archaic way of what makes a hit, or how to determine how many viewers are watching beyond some people with Nielsen boxes in a small percentage of homes in random areas.


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