One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Give (an artistic work) an old-fashioned flavour by using archaic words or styles.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Because Gauguin simplified and archaized the figures, he did not sully the dignity of the four Arlesian women arrayed as if in ritual procession.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He used the grandeur of a decorative, classicizing composition but did not archaize the scene by putting the women in identifiably regional clothing.’
- 1.1no 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).
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