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outworn

[out-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈaʊtˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn/
adjective
1.
out-of-date, outmoded, or obsolete:
outworn ideas; outworn methods.
2.
worn-out, as clothes.
3.
exhausted in strength or endurance, as persons.
verb
4.
past participle of outwear.
Origin of outworn
1555-1565
1555-65; out- + worn
Related forms
unoutworn, adjective

outwear

[out-wair] /ˌaʊtˈwɛər/
verb (used with object), outwore, outworn, outwearing.
1.
to wear or last longer than; outlast:
a well-made product that outwears its competition.
2.
to exhaust in strength or endurance:
The daily toil had soon outworn him.
3.
to outlive or outgrow:
Perhaps he will outwear those eccentricities.
4.
to wear out; destroy by wearing:
A child outwears clothes quickly.
5.
to pass (time):
trying to outwear the hours by reading.
Origin
1535-45; out- + wear
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  • So far you may travel, and yet not escape the tyranny of the "outworn creeds."

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Say, friar; in my ear, now—Was that a hare you stewed, or an outworn sandal?

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • The sacredness of mad folk is a holy tradition, not yet outworn.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • The sleeping Roger represented things intolerable and outworn.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The world moved, and Spain, chained to an outworn superstition, did not move with it.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • The ladder is an old and outworn metaphor in this connexion.

  • There is many an American expression of a pungent freshness which authors, weary of an outworn vocabulary, seize eagerly.

    Americanisms and Briticisms Brander Matthews
  • It was in accordance with all these outworn conventions that they conducted the daily round.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • They made of her a being, half-angel and half-toy, but I refuse to be bound by their outworn ideas.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for outworn

outworn

/ˈaʊtwɔːn; ˌaʊtˈwɔːn/
adjective
1.
no longer accepted, used, believed, etc; obsolete or outmoded

outwear

/ˌaʊtˈwɛə/
verb (transitive) -wears, -wearing, -wore, -worn
1.
to use up or destroy by wearing
2.
to last or wear longer than
3.
to outlive, outgrow, or develop beyond
4.
to deplete or exhaust in strength, determination, etc
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Word Origin and History for outworn
adj.

from out (adv.) + worn.

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