Definition of antiquity in English:

antiquity

Syllabification: an·tiq·ui·ty
Pronunciation: /anˈtikwədē
 
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noun (plural antiquities)

1The ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages: the great civilizations of antiquity
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  • Some of the classical cities of antiquity, notably Athens and Rome, became dependent on trade by sea to import the building materials and foodstuffs necessary to maintain both their populations and their navies.
  • The poem was accepted as Hesiod's in antiquity, but various indications point to the period 580-520 BC.
  • Its counterpart in antiquity was not Plato's philosophy, but Ptolemy's astronomy, which depended on actual measurements, while the former sought eternal truth beyond all possible measurement.
Synonyms
ancient times, the ancient past, classical times, the distant past
1.1 [with adjective] A specified historical period during the ancient past: cameos dating from classical antiquity
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  • So did the Christian world historians of late antiquity.
  • Undoubtedly, residential building and housing is one of those areas in which one can note a clear change in technology, materials, and design from the period of classical antiquity to that of the early Middle Ages.
  • Jewish tradition has given us Lilith, from the Old Testament we know Eve, while classical antiquity produced Xantippe and the Amazons.
1.2 (usually antiquities) An object, building, or work of art from the ancient past: an extensive collection of Greek antiquities
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  • Paintings, works on paper and antiquities were stored and displayed in various buildings throughout the campus.
  • Defying the age of celebrity, and resisting the lucrative market for antiquities, the property owner kept mum about his treasure for decades.
  • Gauguin's primitivist pottery lives happily within the same walls as ancient Egyptian antiquities.
Synonyms
2Great age: a church of great antiquity
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  • It is an unwritten code that wherever possible churches with antiquity would be preserved.
  • Montesquieu, Smith and Tocqueville were forced to theorize about the antiquity of the institutions and culture which underlay modernity and its origins in England.
  • Historians continue to debate the antiquity and plausibility of his discovery.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French antiquite, from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus 'old, former' (see antique).

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