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Examples of superannuated in a Sentence
a periodical that insists on using largely superannuated terms like “editress” and “aviatrix”
Recent Examples of superannuated from the Web
Tiangong-1 itself was probably supposed to have been guided into the remote southern Pacific Ocean, the dumping site of choice for superannuated space hardware, in 2013.
True, these superannuated children barely try to convince one another of anything
Etched onto it is a circle of faces of superannuated ÖVP grandees.
The Irish presidency was little more than heaven’s vestibule for superannuated politicians, but Robinson put new fire in the office.
Instead, the Italians have learned that every building, every structure, is a palimpsest, and that their lives within it, superannuated or brief, contribute another layer to its long narrative.
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Did You Know?
Superannuated was first put to use in English in the 1600s, having been borrowed from Medieval Latin superannuatus, the past participle of "superannuari" ("to be too old") - from Latin super- ("over" or "above") and "annus" ("year"). Shortly thereafter, we made our own verb, "superannuate," from the adjective. Superannuate meant "to retire and pension because of age or infirmity as well as "to declare obsolete," meanings that are still in active service. "Superannuated" can mean "outmoded or old-fashioned," as in "superannuated slang" or "superannuated neckties," or it can simply mean "older than usual," as in our example sentence.
SUPERANNUATED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of superannuated for English Language Learners
: old and therefore no longer very effective or useful
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