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Synonyms for atavism

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

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The lack of respect is for the race itself, which just seems meaningless to some of us - well, two of us anyway (hello Tony Morris) - an exercise in atavism that is at best a pointless parody of what racing is really about, at worst a dangerous farce that gives ammunition to racing's enemies.
If an Aboriginal with some partial ancestry (however one may define `partial') from these other groups marries a white man, there will be a greater risk of atavism, in the form of dark-skinned children.
This optimism persisted as a psychological mechanism by denying the political significance of Arab riots and terrorism, while marginalizing Arab cultural integrity, Islamic conviction, and nationalist atavism.
As in The Fifth Child, Lessing insists that Ben is different, surely, but not psychopathic; his aggression is caused by atavism, not malice.
They regard sexual love as a degrading atavism far inferior to the love between mother and child, upon which their emotional lives are centered.
In the book I state that "the exploration of resistance in the historiographical realm leads directly to profound questions regarding culture and cultural artifacts, such as atavism, taboo, aniconism," the purported lack or negation of the icon or image associated with Jewish culture in modernity.
7) Perhaps the introduction of the term UAP and its replacement of the antiquated term UFO will help ensure that this modern field of investigation avoids any unnecessary atavism and academic enmity.
For antimonarchists, the crown is not only a symbol but also a source of centuries-old class domination, social injustice, and imperialism, a wasteful frippery at best (Came 1998) and a malignant atavism at worst (Nairn 1994).
He himself would wonder at his own bristling body, the shameless atavism of fear.
In addition, a bilateral pr can be interpreted as an atavism that restores the condition seen in Paleozoic temnospondyls and cryptobranchids.
His suggestion was pursued by Lombroso, the inventor of the notion of the "born criminal," who located the source of criminality in the phenomena of atavism, a constellation of animal-like attributes dependent on a demarcation of the "normal" and "law-abiding" citizenry from the criminal type.
His Alaskan stories--Call of the Wild, The (1903), White Fang (1906), and BURNING DAYLIGHT (1910)--in which he dramatized, in turn, atavism, adaptability, and the appeal of the wilderness are outstanding.
Hill is inspired by the same desire, and Henry James' Midnight Song is the result--an imagining of history's repressed stories, a psychoanalysis of Vienna's "warped, confused, demented soul," this "lying society" that, despite its belief in culture and refined enjoyments as sufficient defenses against atavism and disorder, "marks the end of civilization" and exhibits everywhere "a crisis in rationalism" and in self-identity that makes of "individuals" neurotic ghosts who are both the spookers and the spooked.
As an example of Kotkin's atavism (to use a suitably Victorian term), he rhapsodizes about the British and American imperial era:
Said says (and, unlike Makiya, I quote verbatim): "The best of today's writers are oppositional figures who frequently use literary virtuosity as an oblique critique of life in various Arab states, where tyranny and atavism are common features of daily existence.