- As a proper noun, usually used to refer to the period of w:Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece and w:Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome.
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noun , plural antiquities
- Ancient times; former ages; times long since past
Etymology: Latin antiquitas, from antiquus: compare with French antiquité. See Antique.
- Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
- The ancients; the people of ancient times.
- That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has avowed. --Sir W. Raleigh.
- (obsolete) An old gentleman.
- You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B. Jonson.
- (often constructed as an uncountable plural) A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
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