Definitions for: Antiquity

[n] an artifact surviving from the past
[n] extreme oldness
[n] the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

Webster (1913) Definition: An*tiq"ui*ty, n.; pl. Antiquities. [L. antiquitas,
fr. antiquus: cf. F. antiquit['e]. See Antique.]
1. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as,
a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great

2. Old age. [Obs.]

It not your voice broken? . . . and every part about
you blasted with antiquity? --Shak.

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

4. The ancients; the people of ancient times.

That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity
has ?vowed. --Sir W.

5. An old gentleman. [Obs.]

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

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

Note: [In this sense, usually in the plural.] ``Heathen
antiquities.'' --Bacon.

Synonyms: ancientness

See Also: antique, artefact, artifact, historic period, history, oldness, relic, Roman building, stela, stele

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