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at·a·vis·tic

(at-ă-vis'tik),
Relating to atavism.

atavistic

Etymology: L, atavus, ancestor
pertaining to the tendency for a genetic trait of a remote ancestor to be expressed in an individual as a result of a chance recombination of genes.

at·a·vis·tic

(at-ă-vis'tik)
Relating to atavism.

atavistic

Featuring characteristics not seen for many generations, or of a more primitive evolutionary form of the organism.
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Atavistic culture became most prominent during times of rapid socio-economic change.
What prevents Americans from adopting practical measures like these is an atavistic belief in the sanctity of punishment.
The story of Oedipus, in which a man unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, is a core myth in Western society, playing on an atavistic fear.
Both labels turned to the atavistic trope of Christmas for inspiration, Crepuscule releasing festive postpunk compilations (Ghosts of Christmas Past, etc.
But political entrepreneurs on the right (read: socially conservative Christians) have hijacked (pardon the pun) the cultural imagery of September II to promote an atavistic social vision of "manly men" and of women who shouldn't complain too loudly--they don't have to wear burqas, after all.
With its 'primitive and atavistic qualities', sculpture can 'talk about the deepest fears and profound hopes'.
I ride Atavistic in the Attheraces Gold Cup, and he has benefited no end from the wholesale raising in the weights.
ATAVISTIC ook the Tote Credit Club Chase for the second year running at Taunton yesterday when he completed a double for title-chasing Richard Johnson.
Johnson later completed a double on Atavistic for Philip Hobbs in the Tote Credit Club Chase.
Golden Drum, who won two chases for John O'Shea in the 1998-99 campaign suggested on his return to action that long distance races would be his forte when he finished second, beaten two-and-a-half lengths by Atavistic.
But to say that she often begins with the historically verifiable is not to accuse Jones of any uncritical and atavistic logocentrism, or of making any unself-conscious attempt, as she puts it in The House of Breathing, "to refabricate the unfashionable 'real.