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timeworn

[tahym-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈtaɪmˌwɔrn, -ˌwoʊrn/
adjective
1.
worn or impaired by time.
2.
showing the effects of age or antiquity; antiquated:
timeworn farming methods.
3.
commonplace; trite; hackneyed:
a timeworn excuse.
Origin of timeworn
1720-1730
1720-30; time + worn
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  • Feeling certain of defeat at the polls, the partisans of the latter candidate resorted to the timeworn expedient of a revolt.

  • Judging from what little I have seen, it appears to be ancient and timeworn.

  • You seem to have inherited the timeworn theory that the War of 1914 was entirely provoked by the junker class of Germans.

    The Great Prince Shan E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Branch after branch is dropping from the timeworn, weatherbeaten trunk.

  • Besides the earnest agony of its words, there was a mute eloquence about that yellow, timeworn paper.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • The birth of Lafayette is recorded in the yellow and timeworn parish register of Chaviniac.

    Lafayette Martha Foote Crow
  • It was an altar-tomb, broken and timeworn and almost covered with an accumulation of earth and moss and leaves.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • Feverishly they passed the timeworn phrase back and forth; it would have been ludicrous if it hadn't been so deadly serious.

  • Beyond the fountain, before the timeworn cloister, sat an aged brother surrounded by monks.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • Mark dropped into the cool, fragrant depths of a timeworn leather chair.

    The Time Mirror Clark South
British Dictionary definitions for timeworn

timeworn

/ˈtaɪmˌwɔːn/
adjective
1.
showing the adverse effects of overlong use or of old age
2.
hackneyed; trite
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