atavistic


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at·a·vis·tic

(at-ă-vis'tik),
Relating to atavism.

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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They believed it to be atavistic in nature and an embryological remnant of panniculus carnosus.
Doan's edited collection, Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic, Murray Leeder asserts that Dracula's motif of evolution and degeneration "has passed on to subsequent vampire narratives" (15), forging an argument that engages history and temporality both within its objects of study and as it concerns those texts themselves.
This configuration allows Seitler to suggest that "if all instincts are atavistic, then the Freudian subject is itself an atavism" (45).
I distrust them from a deep, puritanical, atavistic well" - Comic actor Griff Rhys Jones whose safe deposit account, he says, has evaporated, leaving the banks unscathed..
Scholars for too long have ignored the role of atavistic culture in thwarting if not preventing social change.
And then, of course, "those atavistic, soulless, grasping, greedy entities, corporations." Now there he may have actually hit a bull's-eye.
Harald Friedl's exquisitely shot, deftly edited docu "Out of Time" displays an almost atavistic level of professional craftsmanship ideally suited to its subject: the fate of four Viennese family-run specialty shops in danger of extinction and their elderly owners.
Ireland-Wales triggers some strange, atavistic impulse that sees me wearing the green, singing the Soldiers Song and supping the black stuff instead of Brains.
So why does a non-Irish, British resident like Dr Jeanette Findlay hold such atavistic and luddite opinions?
However, in texts we examine below, atavistic children are actually born.
Perhaps it all comes down to a sense of the "magic" of mathematics--an atavistic reaction to the realisation that order can be imposed on a chaotic world.
Is Kurzweil admitting here that even in a world where everything is technologically possible, every desire can be scientifically fulfilled, every hunger nanotechnologically sated, there will still be some atavistic motivation for mayhem and murder?