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“… of atavism that is an expectation of …”

meanings of atavism


  1. The reappearance of an ancestral characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
  2. The recurrence or reversion to a past behaviour, method, characteristic or style after a long period of absence.
  3. Reversion to past primitive behavior, especially violence.