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.
Later this sardonic Jaques reverted weirdly and atavistically to a vicious predator.
In "Para Nemir," which Umpierre includes here in Spanish but has also recently translated into English, the weaving of metaphors, dreams, pains, and desires are embroidered into the poem itself and are atavistically shared as the speaker has a vision that draws the deepest empathy from her:
Richard Todd's misreading of this concluding act of the novel suggests he concurs with Crick's view of Dick's suicide as natural and even ineluctable: "The novel ends on the arresting image of a human, who has never been in his true element, instinctively and atavistically finding his natural one, as do the eels with which this extraordinary narrative wriggles and threshes" (310).
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.
But as we learn about this much from dramatic sketches like "Earth's Holocaust" and "The Hall of Fantasy"--or the shocking critique of Holgrave in The House of the Seven Gables--it will not quite do to keep repeating that simple conservative, atavistically Christian message in a novel where the stakes of human hope seem so genuine and so high and the disposition of critique so complex.
Though clearly lacking the discipline and monomaniacal concentration of the boxer, Corky often envisions his dealings with others in terms of pugilistic combat, invoking the atavistically masculine scene of the prize ring as an imaginative stage upon which his social and corporate rivalries are played out.