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ancient

1. of the far past, esp before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 ad)
2. Law having existed since before the time of legal memory
3. a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew
4. one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity
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Not all of this is equally fit for human settlement: about 30,000 square miles are taken up by the Highlands of Scotland, the Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor and a few other areas of natural beauty and what passes for 'wilderness' in this anciently settled country.
heroic Orm Embar, son of the most anciently famous dragon of the realm,
While some builders continue to be distracted by new steely structures that accentuate sharp, angular architecture and futuristic facades, a new trend toward refurbishing anciently elegant spaces is making it imperative that construction companies continue to gain experience in bringing old buildings back to life.
The like prohibition seems anciently to have made a part of the policy most other European nations" (Smith, 1999).
The relationship between music and law runs deep, for there exists, as Plato points out, an etymological identity between them: the name for the laws (nomoi) is also the name which was anciently given to certain lyric songs.
for particular offices that were not anciently granted.
Fourth, the federal government has anciently and actively regulated medical care.
Anciently, as well as in various contemporary indigenous cultures, the individual's identity is quite intertwined with her understanding of and commitment to the macro-temporal patterns of tribal and cosmic history (Eliade, 1976).
that the nation which anciently existed but which has more recently been
No matter how new Frankenstein the scientist may conceive his creation, he must do so in Frankenstein the novel, which on its very title-page announces that he is anciently preceded.
In 1645, D'Ewes published a closely-printed sixty-five page pamphlet entitled The Primitive Practise for Preserving Truth or An Historicall Narration, shewing what course the Primitive Church anciently, and the best Reformed Churches since have taken to suppresse Heresie and Schisme.