out·​worn | \ ˌau̇t-ˈwȯrn How to pronounce outworn (audio) \

Definition of outworn

: no longer useful or acceptable : outmoded an outworn social system

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Examples of outworn in a Sentence

an outworn set of beliefs outworn clothes with holes in them
Recent Examples on the Web So, the high temperature of 62 seemed an obvious anachronism, an outdated and outworn remnant of earlier times. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 Now, two decades into a new century, the magazine remains, if anything, more committed than ever to its first principles—and most of all, to the need to rethink outworn assumptions and political superstitions as radically changing conditions demand. Press Release, The New Republic, 26 Mar. 2021 In the week to come use the opportunities and insights that arise to rid yourself of outworn ideas, attitudes and habits. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, 11 Aug. 2019 Sartorial inheritance is perhaps innocuous, even if personally significant, whereas conflating outworn ideas of identity with homage is profoundly dangerous. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, 15 June 2019 Removing a president requires the president’s welcome to be really, really, really outworn. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, 18 May 2017 Removing a president requires the president’s welcome to be really, really, really outworn. T.a. Frank, The Hive, 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of outworn

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outworn was circa 1522

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“Outworn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outworn. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outworn

: no longer useful or acceptable : not modern or current : outdated


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