Definitions of ancient

  1. belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; " ancient history"; " ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; " ancient Greece"
  2. very old; " an ancient mariner"
  3. 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.
  4. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
  5. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
  6. Experienced; versed.
  7. Former; sometime.
  8. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
  9. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
  10. A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  11. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
  12. An ensign or flag.
  13. The bearer of a flag; an ensign.
  14. Known for a long time, or from early times; - opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
  15. Of or relating to of past times or remote ages; of great age or antiquity.
  16. One who lived in times long ago.
  17. Old: belonging to former times.
  19. ( obs.) A flag or its bearer: an ensign.
  20. Of former times; old.
  21. Belonging to remote antiquity; of great age; very old.
  22. One who lived in ancient times.
  23. A flag or a standard- bearer.
  24. Old; that happened or existed in former times, or antiquity; past; former.
  25. Those who lived chiefly in Greek and Roman antiquity, opposed to moderns; elders of a people; senior barristers.
  26. An ensign, both as flag and as flag- bearer.
  27. Old; what is long past; belonging to former times.
  28. The flag or streamer of a ship.

Quotes of ancient

  1. Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time. – Margaret Atwood
  2. Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. – Ambrose Bierce
  3. God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal- there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause. – Orson Scott Card
  4. But the revolutions and changes which are responsible for the present state of the earth are not limited to the upsetting of the ancient strata and to the ebbing of the sea after the formations of new layers. – George Cuvier
  5. The future of that ancient chamber remains in considerable doubt. – Robert A. Dahl
  6. Tahiti has been spoiled for many years, but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive. – Arthur Erickson
  7. Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. – Lucinda Franks
  8. In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely! – Edmund Husserl
  9. Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. – Vladimir Lenin
  10. Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time. – H. P. Lovecraft
  11. Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading. – Gilbert Murray
  12. We truly have an ancient part of the brain that was about survival when we were prey but we seem to have gone past prey. We eat everything and nothing eats us. – Nick Nolte
  13. The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West. – Henri Pirenne
  14. Society therefore is an ancient as the world. – Voltaire
  15. The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in. – Voltaire

Usage examples for ancient

  1. Ancient Division of the Age of Stone of St. Acheul and Aurignac. – The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  2. Some ancient business, whether of soul or sense, carried him to Rome. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  3. And, at about noon of the following day, they drew in to the ancient capital, having made a quick and easy run from Hampton. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  4. It is evidently a very ancient genus. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  5. The ancient fancy- work, perhaps? – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  6. The credit due to this class of our officers is the greater when it is considered that no army in ancient or modern times was even better appointed or provided than our Army in Mexico. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. But it was off the stage that the ancient couple were most delightful. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  8. It seemed to the Stranger that the dark coarse bread which was served was extraordinarily good, and he wondered if the ancient process had anything to do with it and he resolved to see the old mill. – The Master of the Inn by Robert Herrick
  9. It is the same in more ancient languages, such as Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  10. Down the long hill into the ancient town Joan shot past him. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  11. On our way we passed a very deep, dry well, and the wall- remains of several ancient gardens. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  12. From an ancient painting in Dulwich College. – Milton's England by Lucia Ames Mead
  13. " Part of an ancient planet that was destroyed before the time of man, or life on Earth. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  14. At that time their writers might, and probably did, borrow the ancient philosophy of their masters. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  15. What is meant by Ancient Times? – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  16. Yanar, near Delktasch, the ancient Phaselis, p. – COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1 by Alexander von Humboldt
  17. Great Chesterford is the ancient Iceanum, once thought to be Camboricum. – The Towns of Roman Britain by James Oliver Bevan
  18. To all appearance the rule is as firmly established as if it had come down from ancient times. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy
  19. So it has been since ancient days. – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  20. Man's ancient heart is bitter, his hard eyes doubt of a sign. – Perpetual Light by William Rose Benet

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