centuried

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

centuried (not comparable)

  1. (rare, chiefly literary) Having existed for centuries; ancient.[1]
    • 1907, Maxim Gorky (author), Mother, Public domain translation (translator unknown), ch. 9:
      To-morrow we'll deliver the matter to you—and the wheels that grind the centuried darkness to destruction will again start a-rolling.
    • 1912, Amy Lowell, "March Evening" in A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass:
      Above, the old weathercock groans, but remembers
      Creaking, to turn, in its centuried rust.
    • 1953, Robert Penn Warren, "Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Voices," The Kenyon Review, vol. 15, no. 1 (Winter), p. 101:
      Muck, murk, and humus, and the human anguish
      And human hope, and that dark wood-mold sweeter
      Than any dropped through centuried silence . . .
    • 1987, Calvin Bedient, "On Milan Kundera," Salmagundi, no. 73 (Winter), p. 94:
      Here he finds "concrete existence," for instance "hated irony" and dialogue and jokes and "the centuried roots of jazz."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed. (1989)