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This is because puzzles train us to be more rigorous thinkers, less swayed by atavistic emotions.

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Sitting face to face with a Satmar man schooling her in atavistic Satmar rules was the last place she wanted to be.

These councils have been seeking amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act to support their atavistic views.

The anxiety over immigrants is partly rational, partly atavistic.

These atavistic triggers, however, aren't very satisfying explanations taken alone.

This return to something more primitive is an unhealthy atavistic tendency and makes for both racial and individual inferiority.

Deering was very human and fought against an atavistic shrinking from the dark and loneliness.

My spine, too, like Conlon's, registered an authentic shiver of protest and atavistic fear.

War is old--atavistic, a confession of failure, evidence of retrogression.

The probability, in this case, is that the atavistic variety will find its way into a pie, instead of being kept as a pet.


On this page you'll find 45 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to atavistic, such as: crude, rough, rudimentary, simple, uncivilized, and natural.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.