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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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In deliberating on the Australian-ness of environmental education research for this special issue, I decided to focus on the unique mix of the extremely old and the relatively new, the ancientness and the innovation that characterises what I know as "Australia".
50) Hence, if Warton accepted Ossianic tradition as genuine (which was rare among English critics in the 1770s), he ultimately bolstered the ancientness and priority of Gothic culture.
A glowing, constant green - evidence of ancientness, non-intervention, and constant rain.
Well, I do have to go all over the country but I'm always glad to get back to the mountains of Eryri and their ancientness .
It is defined in terms of ancientness, pastness and a pristine existence that is frozen in the archives of immemoriality.
The argument, the idealist notes, can just as easily be extended to spatial distance as much as temporal ancientness.
Prior to its inversion, "the texts that we today call 'literary' (narratives, stories, epics, tragedies, comedies) were accepted, put into circulation, and valorized without any question about the identity of their author; their anonymity caused no difficulties since their ancientness, whether real or imagined, was regarded as a sufficient guarantee of their status" (Foucault 149).
The mystery of the journey here encompasses both the ancientness of the three topologies in their eastern dress, as well as their relocated western guise in our own time.
There are areas of theWelsh countryside that are reminiscent of New Zealand, especially in the South Island of New Zealand that looks like Wales with the hills and coastline - there's an ancientness about the countryside there that is a bit more raw here.
I found myself touched and stirred by what they were doing--its ancientness, its contemporaneity.
Both are ancient creations in themselves and are imbued with great strength and power, which seems to spring directly from their ancientness.
Referring to the 300-year ancientness of Isfahan University, he said that the university is among the pioneers of producing science and knowledge adding that Karachi Pakistan is interested to enjoy the experiences of the Iranian counterpart.