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See definition of atavism on Dictionary.com
  • as inregression
  • as inretrogradation
  • as inreversion

synonyms for atavism

  • backsliding
  • relapse
  • lapse
  • retrogression
  • reverting
  • throwback
  • retrogradation
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How to use atavism in a sentence

He’s all too ready, he’s been waiting to ascend the throne so long that at times in his behavior and manner he seems older than his mother, to have floated back into some haven of atavism that is far more agreeable than the twenty-first century.
WITH LILIBET AND ARCHIE, HARRY AND MEGHAN AIM TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF PAINFUL ROYAL PARENTINGCLIVE IRVINGJUNE 6, 2021THE DAILY BEAST
"Atavism can hardly explain a roaming animal with teeth and claws and sanguinary instincts," interrupted Maloney with impatience.
THREE MORE JOHN SILENCE STORIESALGERNON BLACKWOOD
Atavism, perhaps, the content to be just man again, following mans instinct to survive among the fittest.
THE WASTED GENERATIONOWEN JOHNSON
Perforce, because he was born in our horde he stayed with us; but in actuality he was an atavism and his place was elsewhere.
BEFORE ADAMJACK LONDON
The instinct of love is, I suppose, so fiercely primitive in us that under its tyranny we are subjected to some moral atavism.
THE WASTED GENERATIONOWEN JOHNSON
Besides, I've got a lake up there in which we can indulge in a little atavism to the fish stage of evolution.
ISLANDS OF SPACEJOHN W CAMPBELL
For feminism, in a sense, is a return to atavism, and sex antagonism and sex attraction are functions of the same thing.
THE DWELLING PLACE OF LIGHT, COMPLETEWINSTON CHURCHILL
A thousand persons agree with an article about atavism in orang-outangs and ten thousand more quite refute it.
I, MARY MACLANEMARY MACLANE
This form of atavism requires not only pity but further and better repression at the hands of capable police.
THE LAW AND THE POOREDWARD ABBOTT PARRY
Then she read "Atavism," and her little highly bred face looked savage!
MAN AND MAIDELINOR GLYN
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO ATAVISM

  • atavism
  • backsliding
  • lapse
  • relapse
  • retrogradation
  • retrogression
  • reverting
  • throwback
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.