atavism atavism  /ˈæ tə vɪ zəm/


  • (n) a reappearance of an earlier characteristic



  1. What Nauman practices is a form of psychic primitivism, or atavism if you prefer.
  2. At the same time, Raquel's atavism has the advantage of posing no threat to uncertain, post-Freudian man.
  3. Some writers in the appease-the- sisters branch of men's-movement literature hold that masculinity is a destructive atavism and an encumbrance that a small planet could do without.

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  • Professor Humphrey believes that both nature and nurture are at work: "My view is that their genetic defect exposed an atavism and they have rediscovered or reinvented an ancient way of walking."
    on Mar 9, 2006 By: Nicholas Humphrey Source: Times Online

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