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antiquity

[an-tik-wi-tee] /ænˈtɪk wɪ ti/
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
1350-1400; Middle English antiquite < Anglo-French < Latin antīquitās, equivalent to antīqu(us) old (see antique) + -itās -ity
Related forms
preantiquity, noun, plural preantiquities.
subantiquity, noun, plural subantiquities.
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British Dictionary definitions for subantiquity

antiquity

/ænˈtɪkwɪtɪ/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for subantiquity

antiquity

n.

late 14c., "olden times," from Old French antiquitet (11c.; Modern French antiquité) "olden times; great age; old age," from Latin antiquitatem (nominative antiquitas) "ancient times, antiquity, venerableness," noun of quality from antiquus (see antique (adj.)). 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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