V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. very old, so as to no longer be of use; 2. belonging to a much earlier time period

Synonyms: antiquated, obsolete, ancient, outmoded, old, outdated

Antonyms: current, contemporary

Tips: Archaic is derived from the Greek arkhe, meaning "old, first." Archaic can be used to describe words that are no longer used in common language but can still be found in older literature. In business, archaic can be used to describe outdated business practices.

Usage Examples:

The archaic English of Geoffrey Chaucer's "A Canterbury Tale" can be almost incomprehensible to modern English speakers. (ancient, old)

Sarah's archaic mode of dress branded her as an eccentric. (outdated, outmoded)

Although he had once been considered a brilliant scholar, the professor's archaic ideas did not sit well with his young students. (outmoded, old-fashioned)

In the modern age of computers, typewriters seem rather archaic. (outdated, antiquated)

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