an·​cient·​ly | \ ˈān(t)-shənt-lē How to pronounce anciently (audio) , ˈāŋ(k)- \

Definition of anciently

: in ancient times : long ago

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Recent Examples on the Web In several of the poesie paintings, Titian cast the faces of his protagonists in shadow, obscuring our sense of their inner lives, making them at once more anciently remote and more humanly familiar. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of anciently

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Anciently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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