Word of the Day: Antiquity

/anˈtikwədē/, noun:

1. ancient times, especially the period before the Middle Ages

The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.” John Milton, 1608 – 1674

2. great age

All those things that are now field to be of the greatest antiquity were at one time new; what we to-day hold up by example will rank hereafter as precedent.” Publius Cornelius Tacitus, 56 CE – 117 CE

3.a. physical remains or relics from ancient times, especially buildings or works of art (often used in the plural)

I was brought up in Florence, a beautiful medieval town whose rhythm is completely in antiquity.” Oleg Cassini, 1913 – 2006

3.b. custom, practice, especially of ancient times

It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.” Desiderius Erasmus, 1466 – 1536