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antient (plural antients)

  1. Obsolete spelling of ancient


antient (comparative antienter or more antient, superlative antientest or most antient)

  1. Obsolete spelling of ancient
    • 1673, John Milton, I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs:
      I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
      By the known rules of antient libertie,
      When strait a barbarous noise environs me
      Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs
    • 1785, Dawes, Manasseh & Jones, Sir William, England's Alarm!, page 10:
      The trial by jury, your Lordship knows, is so antient a privilege belonging to mankind, that its origin cannot properly be traced.
    • 1906, The Athenaeum[1], page 745:
      The choral and orchestral concerts at the Antient Concert Rooms were of more than usual interest.

Usage notes[edit]

This spelling is still current within freemasonry.