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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

Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault.
Werner Herzog

Just as our ancient ancestors drew animals on cave walls and carved animals from wood and bone, we decorate our homes with animal prints and motifs, give our children stuffed animals to clutch, cartoon animals to watch, animal stories to read.
Diane Ackerman

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.
Hans Urs von Balthasar

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
Enid Bagnold
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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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