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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - An organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism.

Usage examples (13)
  • He could be an atavist, a victim of unconscious regression.
  • "It's a mistake to think that privacy is an individualist or atavist right," Rotenberg said.
  • An atavist of the days of blind chivalry he was, a knight errant in the somber clothes of a fanatic.
  • Your smug authorship style is intended to impart upon me that you know it all, I am just an atavist fool. for more
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