The commonality for this quartet of homonyms is that they’re all old. The differences are less distinct between ancient and antiquity with the primary difference being the latter doesn’t apply to people. It is also “older” than ancient, as a matter of degree….
Antiquate is strictly a verb which causes things to become obsolete while antique is things which are old but valued. Yeah, we’re a throwaway society, so in general, those antiquated products are usually not valued.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
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|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: ancient, antiquate, antique, and antiquity|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Noun 1, 2
Plural for noun: ancients
|Verb, transitive||Adjective; Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
Plural for noun: antiquities
Belonging to the very distant past and no longer in existence
Being old in wisdom and experience
[the ancients] The civilized peoples, nations, or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians
[the ancients] The writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, especially those of Greece and Rome
[Archaic] A standard, flag, or ensign 2
|To make obsolete, old-fashioned, or out of date by replacing with something newer or better
To design or create in an antique style
[Of a collectible object] Having a high value because of considerable age
Belonging to ancient times
Noting or pertaining to automobiles approximately 25 years old or more
Of or belonging to the ancient Greeks and Romans
[Of paper] Neither calendered nor coated and having a rough surface
The antique style, usually Greek or Roman, especially in art
[Printing] A style of type
To make or finish something, especially furniture in imitation of antiques
To emboss an image, design, letters, or the like on paper or fabric
|The ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages
The ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean gave us so much in the sciences, maths, history, writings, law, and more.
The only surviving wonder of the ancient world is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The most ancient bristlecone pine is named Methuselah and is estimated to be 4,841 years old.
Oh, man, that’s ancient history, dude.
The appearances of the Loch Ness monster are an ancient folk tale.
They may be an ancient pair of jeans, but they’re my lucky jeans!
Jeez, you make me feel ancient.
A thorough knowledge of the ancients is a prerequisite of criticism.
Ensign” is a corruption of ancient and meant both a banner and the bearer of the banner.
|This latest device will antiquate the ice-cube tray.
Ford’s conception of the assembly line antiquated previous manufacturing processes.
Henry enjoys antiquating furniture.
This new furnace antiquates the old heating system.
We received an antique clock as a wedding gift.
George gave the bookshelves an antique finish that is so warm and cozy.
They were statues of antique gods.
Can you believe trade unions are defending antique work practices?
She was an antique divorcée in reduced circumstances.
My friend has been an antique dealer for years.
Helena prefers antiques to modern furniture.
Some antique fonts include Coffee Tin, Old Newspaper Types, and Treasure Map Dead Hand.
We would often go antiquing in search of furnishings.
Antiquing a piece of furniture adds such character.
|The great civilizations of antiquity include Greece, Rome, China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, Peru, and Meso-America.
The Elgin Marbles are an extensive collection of Greek antiquities.
Notre Dame Cathedral is a church of great antiquity.
|Adjective: antiquated, unantiquated
Noun: antiquatedness, antiquation
|Adjective: pseudoantique, quasi-antique, subantique
Noun: antiqueness, pseudoantique
|Noun: preantiquity, preantiquities, subantiquity, subantiquities|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English from the Old French ancien, based on the Latin ante meaning before.
2 Mid-16th century as an alteration of ensign by association with ancien, an early form of ancient 1.
|1400-50; late Middle English antiquat meaning old from the Medieval Latin antimac quātus meaning old, ancient, the past participle of antiquāre meaning to put in an earlier state; it’s a verbal derivative of the Latin antimac quus.||It was strictly an adjective in the late 15th century from the Latin antiquus, anticus meaning former, ancient, which is from ante meaning before.||Middle English from the Old French antiquite, from the Latin antiquitas, whcih is from antiquus meaning old, former.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!