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When I first started reading Shakespeare, it seemed archaic.
  so extremely old as to seem to belong to an earlier period; or obsolete
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  • When I first started reading Shakespeare, it seemed archaic.
  • I hope popular forms of psychotherapy will soon be considered archaic.
  • Their guns—some were rifles, other pistols—looked . . . archaic, rustic.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The art historian George Ortiz was once asked by Ernst Langlotz, one of the world’s foremost experts on archaic sculpture, whether he wanted to purchase a bronze statuette.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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  • GEORGE: I’ve got the ice . . .
    MARTHA: . . . gotten . . .
    GEORGE: Got, Martha. Got is perfectly correct . . . it’s just a little . . . archaic, like you.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Sumerian epic was probably the creation of a proto-literate phase of archaic Sumerian civilization at the beginning of the third millennium; but it was not written down till centuries later.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He punctuated his speech with little "hah"s and "hum"s and archaic expressions, on top of which his penchant for modern slang teetered precariously.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Though the whole thing should be archaic and wrong, it worked.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • A master luthier, Illien transformed the archaic, fragile, unwieldy court lute into the marvelous, versatile, seven-string trouper’s lute we use today.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She’d never heard of a direct communication chip hurting anything, even if the technology was archaic.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • Even the archaic form of communication known as e-mail is strangely unreliable.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It’s old and wooden and archaic but I won’t use another one, and I won’t take the chance that it’ll disappear if I leave it here; so I go back to get it.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Through the interstices, so to speak, of this tapestry of noise I heard two people in the next room making whoopee—the old man’s archaic term for fornication.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Actually he asks if he can carry my shopping bags, which look heavy and are, and I let him, feeling silly and archaic and looking first to make sure no women I know are watching.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I examined him carefully; the archaic medical treatment had been surprisingly effective.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They say it plays absolutely no role in our emotions and that its use as a symbol for love is based on archaic theories of it being the seat of the soul or something ridiculous like that.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Or are you in an archaic mood?
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • At first Langdon thought he could not read them because Da Vinci wrote his notebooks in an archaic Italian.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They plunged through heavy walls of sound, mountains of archaic thought, valleys of mood music, bad shoe sessions and footling bats and suddenly heard a girl’s voice.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Only the summer before, he had forgotten how to speak English and had reverted to his native archaic French.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The pen was an archaic instrument, seldom used even for signatures, and he had procured one, furtively and with some difficulty, simply because of a feeling that the beautiful creamy paper deserved to be written on with a real nib instead of being scratched with an ink-pencil.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was almost lunchtime, and the earliest arrivals were drifting into the headquarters mess halls, the enlisted men and officers separating into different dining halls on facing sides of the archaic rotunda.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This book, the twenty-second, is governed by the lex talionis, the law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, in all its archaic severity.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Despite the archaic appearance of Vatican City, every single entrance, both public and private, is equipped with the most advanced sensing equipment known to man.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Millinery man leaned on him for support as they traveled by that most archaic of Wonderland means: They walked through the Whispering Woods and into the slum of Wondertropolis.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • This is the kind of touch they like: folk art, archaic, made by women, in their spare time, from things that have no further use.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He weighed one of the archaic weapons in his hand.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Such individuals can be considered to be murder-prone in the sense of either carrying a surcharge of aggressive energy or having an unstable ego defense system that periodically allows the naked and archaic expression of such energy.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • If you’ve got a fault in the world, Sandy, it is that you are a shade too archaic.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Torture is such an old-fashioned archaic word.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • But yesterday was a past period in history, with laws and rules archaic as ancient Rome’s.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Legwarmers lend a note of paramilitary poise, a hint of archaic warriorhood.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • A week later the mayor wrote her himself, offering to call or to send his car for her, and received in reply a note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • He sang archaic European hymns in his church choir, and joined an otherwise all-African dance troupe that competed in a nationally televised tribal dance contest for Saba Saba, Tanzania’s independence day.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He was singing the news with his old, out-of-tune voice, accompanying himself with the same archaic accordion that Sir Walter Raleigh had given him in the Guianas and keeping time with his great walking feet that were cracked from saltpeter.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He stared into the sun, head raised, unbearable, and though it had been taken when he was young, it was not the face of a young man; only something archaic in the dress indicated that this photograph had been taken long ago.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • She glanced at the writing-table heaped with books, opened a volume of the "Contes Drolatiques," made a wry face over the archaic French, and sighed: "What learned things you read!"
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • All threeof these mythologies work as sources of material, of correspondences, of depth for the modern writer (and every writer is modern—even John Dryden was not archaic when he was writing), and provided they’re recognizable to the reader, they enrich and enhance the reading experience.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The motif of the sun as a goddess, instead of as a god, is a rare and precious survival from an archaic, apparently once widely diffused, mythological context.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The word in the little stony town sounded odd and archaic and local, outdated like the Lopez tomb, belonging only here.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The shaman’s declamations were repeatedly truncated by gusts of wind, but Eragon caught snatches of the ancient language-strangely twisted and mispronounced-interspersed with dwarf and Urgal words, all of which were united by an archaic dialect of Eragon’s own tongue.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The buildings, particularly the ones for the prison staff, were clean and contemporary; but the housing for the prisoners was archaic and dirty.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A fiche is an archaic stab at legitimacy, almost totally restricted to private banks on the Continent.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He moved his bed so that the sun would wake him at dawn that he might dress and go out to the archaic swing that hung from an apple-tree near the sixth-form house.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But here they had to rely on such archaic devices as paper and pencil-and even, incredible to relate, shorthand.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • This is unusual in archaic literature, and suggests one final aspect of epic poetry that seems fundamental to the work.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • language was a simple corruption of archaic seedship English not so far removed from the indigene argot of the plantations.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …the farce, was her proof and assurance of that which the ceremony itself could never enforce; vesting no new rights in anyone, denying to none the old—a ritual as meaningless as that of college boys in secret rooms at night, even to the same archaic and forgotten symbols?—you call that a marriage, when the night of a honeymoon and the casual business with a hired prostitute consists of the same suzerainty over a (temporarily) private room, the same order of removing the same clothes,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Mrs. Touchett inhabited an historic building in a narrow street whose very name recalled the strife of medieval factions; and found compensation for the darkness of her frontage in the modicity of her rent and the brightness of a garden where nature itself looked as archaic as the rugged architecture of the palace and which cleared and scented the rooms in regular use.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Adjectives like EPOCH-MAKING, EPIC, HISTORIC, UNFORGETTABLE, TRIUMPHANT, AGE-OLD, INEVITABLE, INEXORABLE, VERITABLE, are used to dignify the sordid processes of international politics, while writing that aims at glorifying war usually takes on an archaic color, its characteristic words being: REALM, THRONE, CHARIOT, MAILED FIST, TRIDENT, SWORD, SHIELD, BUCKLER, BANNER, JACKBOOT, CLARION.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
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