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antiquarian

[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈkwɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
2.
of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.
noun
3.
an antiquary.
4.
a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.
Origin of antiquarian
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an
Related forms
antiquarianism, noun
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Examples from the Web for antiquarianism
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  • Singularly enough, in this instance, "antiquarianism" and "folk-lore" proved equally at fault.

  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • The first night, to prevent rivalry, was devoted to antiquarianism, and to the performance of extracts from the plays of Holberg.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • However, the days of that old school of antiquarianism are numbered.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • But Keats never was nor tried to be exact in his antiquarianism.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • If antiquarianism pored, genius too meditated in this sublime industry.

  • Apart from antiquarianism, the hill of Uisneach is well worth seeing, for it is as strange in shape as it is beautiful in verdure.

  • But it would seem that even pedantry and antiquarianism are welcomed when they tell on behalf of the other side.

  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens, for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • In this we see that Mantegna's antiquarianism was not simply a youthful phase, but lasted till the very end of his career.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
British Dictionary definitions for antiquarianism

antiquarian

/ˌæntɪˈkwɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
noun
2.
the largest size of handmade drawing paper, 53 × 31 inches
3.
a less common name for antiquary
Derived Forms
antiquarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antiquarianism

antiquarian

n.

"one who studies or is fond of antiquities," c.1600, from Latin antiquarius "pertaining to antiquity," from antiquus (see antique (adj.)) + -an. As an adjective from 1771.

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