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Definition of Ancient

Ancient

  1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times before the fall of the Roman empire; -- opposed to modern; as, ancient authors, literature, history; ancient days.
  2. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
  3. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
  4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
  5. Experienced; versed.
  6. Former; sometime.
  7. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
  8. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
  9. A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  10. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
  11. An ensign or flag.
  12. The bearer of a flag; an ensign.

Ancient Quotations

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
Terry Pratchett

Plant diseases, drought, desolation, despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages - and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
Norman Borlaug

Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.
Arthur Erickson

The bedrock nature of space and time and the unification of cosmos and quantum are surely among science's great 'open frontiers.' These are parts of the intellectual map where we're still groping for the truth - where, in the fashion of ancient cartographers, we must still inscribe 'here be dragons.'
Martin Rees

And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything.
Pierre de Fermat
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Ancient Translations

ancient in Dutch is antiek, aloud, ouderwets
ancient in French is antique
ancient in German is ehemalig, alt, ehemalig, alt
ancient in Italian is antico, vecchissimo
ancient in Latin is priscus, antiquus, pristinus
ancient in Norwegian is gammel
ancient in Portuguese is antigo
ancient in Spanish is antiguo, vetusto
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