Definition of archaize in English:


(also archaise)


  • 1 Give (an artistic work) an old-fashioned flavour by using archaic words or styles.

    • ‘He used the grandeur of a decorative, classicizing composition but did not archaize the scene by putting the women in identifiably regional clothing.’
    • ‘He began by archaizing the linear idiom of Cu Kaizhi and went on experimenting with both Dong Yuan's hemp-fiber brush idiom and the Li Cheng - Guo Xi idiom of devil-face and crab-claw brush patterns.’
    • ‘True enough, but then one must ask how an Attic vase painter limited to an awkward bichrome technique could convey a difference, short of archaizing the statues, which is the route usually taken.’
    • ‘Because Gauguin simplified and archaized the figures, he did not sully the dignity of the four Arlesian women arrayed as if in ritual procession.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Use archaic words or styles in an artistic work.
      • ‘The language in Atistia's epitaph is archaizing, as is the language used on the three other sides of the monument.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek arkhaizein, from arkhaios ancient (see Archaean).