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synonyms for atavistic

  • naive
  • rudimentary
  • simple
  • underdeveloped
  • undeveloped
  • unsophisticated
  • animal
  • barbarian
  • natural
  • raw
  • rough
  • savage
  • wild
  • austere
  • barbarous
  • brutish
  • childlike
  • fierce
  • ignorant
  • nonliterate
  • preliterate
  • rude
  • uncivilized
  • uncultivated
  • uncultured
  • undomesticated
  • unlearned
  • unrefined
  • untamed
  • untaught
  • untrained
  • untutored
  • vestigial

antonyms for atavistic

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  • developed
  • experienced
  • mature
  • sophisticated
  • calm
  • civilized
  • kind
  • mild
  • moderate
  • nice
  • polite
  • refined
  • tame
  • cultured
  • current
  • modern
  • new
  • present
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How to use atavistic in a sentence

This return to something more primitive is an unhealthy atavistic tendency and makes for both racial and individual inferiority.
THE SEX WORSHIP AND SYMBOLISM OF PRIMITIVE RACESSANGER BROWN, II
Deering was very human and fought against an atavistic shrinking from the dark and loneliness.
NORTHWEST!HAROLD BINDLOSS
My spine, too, like Conlon's, registered an authentic shiver of protest and atavistic fear.
THE BOOK OF SUSANLEE WILSON DODD
War is old--atavistic, a confession of failure, evidence of retrogression.
CLASS OF '29ORRIE LASHIN AND MILO HASTINGS
The probability, in this case, is that the atavistic variety will find its way into a pie, instead of being kept as a pet.
STORIES OF THE UNIVERSE: ANIMAL LIFEB. LINDSAY
Much might be added regarding atavistic degeneracy, as an explanation of the mental and moral defects of human beings.
STORIES OF THE UNIVERSE: ANIMAL LIFEB. LINDSAY
From our saddles we could study these outbreaks of atavistic rage with serene enjoyment.
A SON OF THE MIDDLE BORDERHAMLIN GARLAND
But general considerations lead to the supposition that atavistic forms may easily remain sterile.
STUDIES IN THE THEORY OF DESCENT (VOLUMES 1 AND 2)AUGUST WEISMANN
Eugene Field gives a new turn to the idea by representing the werewolf curse as a definite atavistic throw-back.
THE SUPERNATURAL IN MODERN ENGLISH FICTIONDOROTHY SCARBOROUGH
Several cases of troublesome atavistic personality or reincarnation are cured by psychotherapy.
THE SUPERNATURAL IN MODERN ENGLISH FICTIONDOROTHY SCARBOROUGH
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