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atavism

at·a·vism

atavism

 
 
pronunciation:
ae t vih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the reappearance of a biological characteristic in an organism after it has not appeared for several generations, or an organism displaying such a characteristic.
With respect to a human being, the rare occurrence of a tail is an atavism.
synonyms:
throwback
definition 2: the recurrence or reappearance of a particular trait, style, attitude, or behavior that seemed to have disappeared, or that which has recurred or reappeared after such an absence.
The new ethnic strife is an atavism in a nation that regarded itself as one people.
synonyms:
throwback
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derivations: atavistic (adj.), atavist (n.)