Meaning of archaize in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːkeɪʌɪz/


(also British archaise)
[with object]
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He used the grandeur of a decorative, classicizing composition but did not archaize the scene by putting the women in identifiably regional clothing.’
    1. 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).