atavism

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Synonyms for atavism

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

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a Atavistically, I suffer the Jewish state's collective night terrors and reel in its daylight rationalizations for its brutalities.
The researchers may not really want to atavistically return to some previous year or cultural condition; their motivation is something more than cultural nostalgia.
In his concluding chapter, Deudney correctly points out that in the United States both the Westphalian and Philadelphian models remain strong, with the former anachronistically and atavistically reasserting itself while the rest of the world becomes more Philadelphian.
If Byron's pilgrim sometimes makes the trappings of superstition and absolutism seem atavistically attractive, he remains, for the most part, the detached, refined, disinterested spectator of eighteenth-century poetry.