atavistic atavistic  /ˈæ tə vɪ stɪk/


  • (adj) characteristic of an atavist


  1. It's not predatory, just an expression of the atavistic male urge to be a hunter-ogler.
  2. When a touch goes too far, he falls through the false bottom of the civilized world and into something atavistic.
  3. Many are shoved by doting mommies and daddies with an atavistic sense of how young ladies are supposed to move.


  • Photos: Jazz Age Lawn Party Brings Governors Island Back In Time

      The weather was stellar for the 8th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party this weekend on Governors Island, where sharply dressed gents and free-spirited flappers flocked for two days of dancing, picnicking and atavistic merriment. Headlined by the irresistible Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, the whole affair was saturated in self-imposed sepia, with vintage beaded dresses and waxed ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Gothamist


  1. "A lot has been done, and nearly all the solutions have been found. The latest meeting with the American colleagues showed that they are ready to help and do away with atavistic laws. At least, they say so," Medvedev said.
    on Apr 8, 2008 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: Xinhua

  2. ownership where Filipinos own 100 percent and prohibits foreign investors from making inroads into this sector, Angara described this provision as "atavistic when technology is universal and global."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Edgardo Angara Source: Manila Bulletin

  3. "Kenya was urbanized, sophisticated, Westernized - and then it deteriorated into a very backward, atavistic, ugly kind of violence," Mr. Githongo said. "The country went through a near-death experience. It shocked the world, but it shocked us...
    on Sep 30, 2009 By: John Githongo Source: Globe and Mail

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