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Sample sentences for the GRE study word atavism

atavism can be used as a noun

1.The thought that the divine Dejah Thoris might fall into the clutches of such an abysmal atavism started the cold sweat upon me. - from A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
2.That which an age considers evil is usually an unseasonable echo of what was formerly considered good--the atavism of an old ideal. - from Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
3.She was indeed, as her fellow Martian had said of her, an atavism a dear and precious reversion to a former type of loved and loving ancestor. - from A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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