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ænˈtɪk wɪ tian·tiq·ui·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antiquitynoun

    the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

  2. ancientness, antiquitynoun

    extreme oldness

  3. antiquitynoun

    an artifact surviving from the past


  1. antiquitynoun

    Ancient times; former ages; times long since past

    Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.

  2. antiquitynoun

    The ancients; the people of ancient times.

    That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has avowed. --Sir W. Raleigh.

  3. antiquitynoun

    An old gentleman.

    You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B. Jonson.

  4. antiquitynoun

    A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.

  5. Antiquitynoun

    As a proper noun, usually used to refer to the period of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

    Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.

  6. Etymology: From antiquytee, from antiquité, from antiquitas, from antiquus; see antique, antic. Compare with French antiquité.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Antiquitynoun

    Etymology: antiquitas, Lat.

    I mention Aristotle , Polybius, and Marcus Tullius Cicero, the greatest philosopher, the most impartial historian, and the most consummate statesman of all antiquity. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 51.

    That such pillars were raised by Seth, all antiquity has avowed. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    As for the observation of Niccolo Machiavelli, traducing Gregory the Great, that he did what in him lay, to extinguish all heathen antiquities: I do not find that those zeals last long; as it appeared in the succession of Sabinian, who did revive the former antiquities. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Is not your voice broken? your wind short? your chin double? your wit single? and every part about you blasted with antiquity? and will you yet call yourself young? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antiquitynoun

    the quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great antiquity

  2. Antiquitynoun

    old age

  3. Antiquitynoun

    ancient times; former ages; times long since past; as, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity

  4. Antiquitynoun

    the ancients; the people of ancient times

  5. Antiquitynoun

    an old gentleman

  6. Antiquitynoun

    a relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution. [In this sense, usually in the plural.]

  7. Etymology: [L. antiquitas, fr. antiquus: cf. F. antiquit. See Antique.]


  1. Antiquity

    Antiquity is an academic journal dedicated to the subject of archaeology. It publishes four editions a year, covering topics worldwide from all periods. Its current editor is Martin Carver, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of York. Antiquity is owned by The Antiquity Trust, a registered charity founded in 1927 by the English archaeologist O. G. S. Crawford. Its trustees presently include Warwick Bray, Barry Cunliffe and Colin Renfrew.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antiquity

    an-tik′wi-ti, n. ancient times, esp. the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans: great age: (Shak.) old age, seniority: ancient style: the people of old time: (pl.) manners, customs, relics of ancient times.—n. Antiquitār′ian, one attached to the practices and opinions of antiquity. [Fr.—L. antiquitat-emantiquus, ancient.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antiquity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antiquity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of antiquity in a Sentence

  1. Robert Spengler:

    This study is important for understanding the antiquity of drug use.

  2. Brent Seales:

    The library at Herculaneum was the only library that survived from antiquity and because of that the material inside is extremely valuable, texts from the ancient world are rare and precious, and they simply cannot be revealed through any other known process.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    What is a country without rabbits and partridges They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products ancient and venerable familes known to antiquity as to modern times of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.

  4. Mark Echeverria:

    One thing that we've never done in this restaurant is change, one of the reasons why Quentin personally is drawn to the restaurant is because he loves that kind of antiquity...We're timeless, and so we didn't have to go dig through a bunch of archives to find what the servers were wearing or what the tables looked like.

  5. I Ching:

    The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. defiant
    • B. extroversive
    • C. incumbent
    • D. soft-witted

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