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Examples of superannuated in a sentence
a periodical that insists on using largely superannuated terms like “editress” and “aviatrix”
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.
Origin and Etymology of superannuated
Medieval Latin superannuatus, past participle of superannuari to be too old, from Latin super- + annus year — more at annual
First Known Use: circa 1634
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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