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a·ta·vis·tic

atavistic

 
pronunciation:
ae t vI stihk
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition: of a trait, behavior, or the like, existing or playing a role at an earlier stage or time and recurring or reappearing within an organism or within a society after long absence or seeming disappearance.
They are now engaging in such atavistic behavior as accusing innocent women of being witches.
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