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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 a passive sense, "innovated, discovered," but because it also evokes God the Originator/Innovator par excellence--one of the so-called ninety-nine names (see Q 2:117; 6:101) it denotes ancientness, timelessness, and pre-eternity.
Against a backdrop of ancientness, a geologic eternity of liquid evanescence, things that melt, age, putrefy, and scatter, Russell offers the image of a family that comes together.
Although Wright launches his poem with the same words as the hymn, the grandiloquent affirmation of prayerful address is immediately turned on its head by the rest of his first line, which banishes what the speaker had just summoned: "no one believes you'll come back." God's ancientness is attributable not to his durability but to his pastness.
But the sheer ancientness of ritual male circumcision has allowed it to escape modern legal scrutiny, though there is much hand-wringing in the academic literature.
The ancientness of the device in Figure 6 above demonstrates the
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. Distant objects looked at through a telescope might cause one to miss a local event such as a falling vase.
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).