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ancient

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1 dating or surviving from the distant past
  • Rome's ancient ruins remain carefully preserved even in the midst of the bustle of the modern city.
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2 being of advanced years and especially past middle age
  • I used to think that age 40 was ancient until I turned 40 myself.
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long in the tooth, of a certain age

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3 relating to or occurring near the beginning of a process, series, or time period
  • The ancient Inca built a vast network of roads.
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old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence.
    • old houses
    • an old sweater of mine
ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past.
    • ancient accounts of dragons
venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age.
    • the family's venerable patriarch
antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time.
    • collected antique Chippendale furniture
antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time.
    • antiquated teaching methods
archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time.
    • the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period
obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence.
    • a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

ancient

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a person of advanced years
  • Ancients in the tribe are accorded great respect and valued for their wisdom.
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