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See also: Antiquity
- Ancient times; faraway history; former ages
Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
- The people of ancient times.
- That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has avowed. —Sir W. Raleigh.
- (obsolete) An old gentleman.
- You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. —B. Jonson.
- (historical) The historical period preceding the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500), primarily relating to European history.
- (often constructed as an uncountable plural) A relic or monument of ancient times, such as a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
- The state of being ancient or of ancient lineage.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
relic or monument of ancient times