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Designating elements, largely unconscious, in the psyche which are remnants of humankind's prehistoric past and which reappear in dreams and other symbolic manifestations.
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Antiquated or old fashioned, but when used in connection with Greek architecture refers to a specific period, c. 600-500 B.C.
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an early stage in the historical development of any kind of phenomenon.

The term “archaic” is used primarily in art scholarship to designate the early period of ancient Greek fine art (seventh-sixth centuries B.C.). It refers to the time of the formation of monumental pictorial and architectural forms. During the archaic period the Doric and Ionic architectural orders came into being. The principal types of monumental sculpture were statues of naked athletic youths (kouros) and draped maidens (kore). In vase painting, the black-figured style reached its high point in the middle and the third quarter of the sixth century B.C., and the red-figured style around 530 B.C. Greek archaic art managed to attain certain humanistic traits and still preserve the integrity characteristic of a very old culture.


Iskusstvo stran i narodov mira, vol. 1. Moscow, 1962. Pages 553–60. (Encyclopedia.)
Vseobshchaia istoriia iskusstv, vol. 1. Moscow, 1956. Pages 161–80.
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And yet on this question, as on Iraq, Europe is stubbornly, maddeningly, archaically insistent on some hard evidence.
at 1182); archaically, the general public; and a "general officer" (in turn defined as any of the officers in the army, air force, or marine corps above colonel, id.
This difference is graphically signified by the gradual disappearance of the dominant metaphor of knowledge in Linnaeus's time--the now archaically concrete metaphor of the 'tree of knowledge'.
He even thinks of the alpiner rather archaically as the "villain," as though to contrast with his own role as the "hero." However, Forney has no interest in any paternal pugilism.
German uses some insect names in meliorative ways: Biene, and, somewhat archaically, Motte, for 'girl'.
Considered within the scene of cartography, "room" can be said to have withdrawn from "rum" 's archaically vague and yet bodybound claim to "spaciousness." In addition to being "little," "room" is now an interior and a noun.
In an era when the prevailing ethic is to accept the rights of people to choose, it seems archaically authoritarian of the church to say a marriage without children is 'self-indulgent and incomplete'.
Another question archaically referring to "vitamine" was changed to read "vitamins." In addition to the newly gathered 1998 test scores, all subjects' Moray House Test scores were identified from the records of the 1932 sitting.
Obviously there is something more to these archaically worded rules than one sees at first blush, and Brookhiser puts his finger on it.
Yet, far from being either exclusively strategic or exclusively ethical, this remarkable study has genuinely interlocked morality and security (what the title somewhat archaically calls "prudence").
(Readers will see from this distinction how Quartermain often appropriates almost archaically New Critical language for an anti-New Critical program.) It is precisely his concern for "use," on the other hand, that makes Reznikoff hard to fit into a disjunctive tradition where he might otherwise seem to belong.
The magazine still describes itself, rather archaically, as the "theoretical and discussion journal of the Communist Party." But it has become extremely fashionable, and its editor, Martin Jacques, is a well-regarded member of the punditocracy, sought out by The New York Times as Britain's spokesman for its January series celebrating the death of socialism.