Definition of atavism in English:



  • See atavistic

    • ‘Boys from such areas brought their aggressive atavism to the campus, where they were never reformed or punished.’
    • ‘Much media and political comment has explained the profundity and rootedness of this feeling in terms of bigotry and criminality, of archaism and atavism.’
    • ‘You don't have to share the cloyingly sentimental atavism he displays towards Ireland to appreciate his energy and enterprise as a writer who finds material for his novels in every corner of the world.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, racism is not an historical atavism, but an entirely normal, and constantly growing, feature of the political landscape.’
    • ‘Clearly, the key question here is the extent to which these are wholly new tendencies or represent some kind of historical atavism.’