antiquity

[an-tik-wi-tee]
noun, plural antiquities.
1.
the quality of being ancient; ancientness: a bowl of great antiquity.
2.
ancient times; former ages: the splendor of antiquity.
3.
the period of history before the Middle Ages.
4.
the peoples, nations, tribes, or cultures of ancient times.
5.
Usually, antiquities. something belonging to or remaining from ancient times, as monuments, relics, or customs.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English antiquite < Anglo-French < Latin antīquitās, equivalent to antīqu(us) old (see antique) + -itās -ity

preantiquity, noun, plural preantiquities.
subantiquity, noun, plural subantiquities.
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antiquities (ænˈtɪkwɪtɪz)
 
pl n
remains or relics, such as statues, buildings, or coins, that date from ancient times

antiquity (ænˈtɪkwɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the quality of being ancient or very old: a vase of great antiquity
2.  the far distant past, esp the time preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
3.  the people of ancient times collectively; the ancients

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antiquity
late 14c., "olden times," from O.Fr. antiquitet (11c.; Mod.Fr. antiquité), from L. antiquitatem (nom. antiquitas) "ancient times, antiquity," noun of quality from antiquus (see antique). Specific reference to ancient Greece and Rome is from mid-15c.; meaning "quality
of being old" is from about the same time. Antiquities "relics of ancient days" is from 1510s.
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Example sentences
He might have lived out his days in obscurity had it not been for his father's obsession with collecting antiquities.
Antiquities, which have been beautifully called history defaced, composed its fullest commentary.
Antiquities theft is a practice nearly as old as antiquity.
Find out how a trove of priceless antiquities survived.
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