Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 124. Oldness.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VI. Time
2. Time with reference to a particular Period
124. Oldness.
NOUN:OLDNESS &c. adj.; age, antiquity, eld [obs. or poetic]; cobwebs of antiquity.
  MATURITY, matureness, ripeness.
  DECLINE, decay; senility [See Age].
  SENIORITY, eldership, primogeniture.
  ARCHAISM &c. (the past) [See Preterition]; thing of the past, relic of the past; megatherium; Babylonian, Assyrian, Sanskrit.
  TRADITION, prescription, custom, immemorial usage, common law; folklore.
VERB:BE OLD &c. adj.; have had its day, have seen its day.
  BECOME OLD &c. adj.; age, fade.
ADJECTIVE:OLD, ancient, olden [archaic], eldern [archaic], antique; of long standing, time-honored, venerable, hoary, vetust [obs.]; elder, eldest; firstborn.
  PRIMITIVE, prime, primeval, primigenous, primigenial, primigenous; paleoanthropic; primordial, primordiate [rare]; aboriginal (beginning) [See Beginning]; diluvian, antediluvian, protohistoric, prehistoric, dateless, patriarchal, preadamite; palæocrystic; fossil, paleozoic, preglacial, antemundane; archaic, Vedic, classic, medieval, Pre-Raphaelite, ancestral; black-letter.
  IMMEMORIAL, traditional, traditive, traditionary [rare], prescriptive, customary, unwritten, whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary; inveterate, rooted.
  ANTIQUATED, of other times, old as the hills, of the old school, after-age, obsolete; out-of-date, out-of-fashion; stale, old-fashioned, old-fangled [rare], fusty, outworn, moth-eaten [humorous], behind the age; old-world; exploded; gone out, gone by, passé [F.], extinct, dead, disused, past, run out; senile [See Age]; time-worn; crumbling (deteriorated) [See Deterioration]; secondhand.
  old as the hills, old as Methuselah, old as Adam, old as history.
ADVERB:since the world was made, since the year one, since the days of Methuselah.
  1. Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.—Tacitus
  2. How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world.—Hamlet



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