Definition of archaizing in US English:

archaizing

adjective

  • Consciously imitating a word or a style of language or art that is very old or old-fashioned.

    ‘some archaizing poetry’
    • ‘For all its archaizing grotesqueness, or partly because of that, it was the only translation of many of Nietzsche's works for almost fifty years.’
    • ‘Based initially on archaizing and backward-looking models taken from medieval literature and the Gaelic Order, new identities were proposed for an Irish Ireland by the Revival.’
    • ‘He embodied the guiding myths of the regime - the Fascist Revolution, the omnipotence of the Duce, and the corporate state - in an archaizing, expressionist style.’
    • ‘Others, such as the sculptor Arturo Martini, and Massimo Campigli, created a more archaizing style, drawing inspiration from ancient myth and Etruscan art.’
    • ‘That lyricism - even romanticism - reassert themselves in Writing to Vermeer might be deduced from the prevalence of markings like ‘tranquillo’ and ‘dolce’ in the score, and the archaising modal purity of the opening.’

Pronunciation

archaizing

/ˈärkā-/