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There are long passages now before us of the most despicable trash, with no merit whatever beyond that of their antiquity.
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antiquity antiquities
Strongly Associated with:   antiquated
Typically references a period preceding the European Middle Ages.
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  • There are long passages now before us of the most despicable trash, with no merit whatever beyond that of their antiquity.
    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 5 of the Raven Edition)  -- 01/01/00)
  • All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity...
    Joseph Addison
  • And it was this man, whose name is lost to antiquity, who mentioned Buttercup to the Count.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • In the cluttered darkness of Bolger’s Antiquities, Abanazer Bolger looked up suspiciously, certain that someone was watching him, then realized he was being foolish.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • Knowing him, I thought his main feeling would have been gratification that the wing of Persian antiquities next door had escaped.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The walls glowed with a warm, dull haze of opulence, a generic mellowness of antiquity; but then it all broke apart into clarity and color and pure Northern light, portraits, interiors, still lifes, some tiny, others majestic: ladies with husbands, ladies with lapdogs, lonely beauties in embroidered gowns and splendid, solitary merchants in jewels and furs.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "It’s so abstract, so contemporary, and a really creative contrast against the antiquity."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It’s a BUD/S thing, and its origins are lost in antiquity.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Clerval did not like it so well as Oxford, for the antiquity of the latter city was more pleasing to him.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A legacy of tradition and heroism that stretched back to antiquity had fallen upon him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • I account that man more honourable than that great captain of antiquity who boasted of taking as many walled towns.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • , laughing; "the greatest captains of antiquity amused themselves by casting pebbles into the ocean—see Plutarch’s life of Scipio Africanus."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Socialism, a theory which appeared in the early nineteenth century and was the last link in a chain of thought stretching back to the slave rebellions of antiquity, was still deeply infected by the Utopianism of past ages.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As for grapes, they are of the greatest antiquity.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Real estate …. currency …. Vatican Bank …. antiquities …. The list went on.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Zdrzhinski, the officer with the long mustache, spoke grandiloquently of the Saltanov dam being "a Russian Thermopylae," and of how a deed worthy of antiquity had been performed by General Raevski.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He knew, of course, that the riddle-game was sacred and of immense antiquity, and even wicked creatures were afraid to cheat when they played at it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The thistle is the order for dignity and antiquity; the veritable ’nemo me impune lacessit’ of chivalry.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I knew Mr. Anagnos’s great love of antiquity and his enthusiastic appreciation of all beautiful sentiments about Italy and Greece.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The large front chambers I thought especially grand: and some of the third-storey rooms, though dark and low, were interesting from their air of antiquity.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Odyssey is an amenable poem open to all comers in search of delight, and from antiquity onwards has lent itself to a wide range of interpretation.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He had, or thought that he had, a connivance, one might almost say a complicity, of events in his favor, which was equivalent to the invulnerability of antiquity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Perhaps it’s because I’m not impressed by antiquity.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • All that could be discovered about it in antiquity was put together by Meriadoc Brandybuck (later Master of Buckland), and since he and the tobacco of the Southfarthing play a part in the history that follows, his remarks in the introduction to his Herblore of the Shire may be quoted.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He had purchased it for $1.6 million on the Middle Eastern antiquities black market last year.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The modern cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I handled this amazing antiquity with the greatest possible tenderness, lest it should dissolve in my hands.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But there was Hester, clad in her gray robe, still standing beside the tree-trunk, which some blast had overthrown a long antiquity ago, and which time had ever since been covering with moss, so that these two fated ones, with earth’s heaviest burden on them, might there sit down together, and find a single hour’s rest and solace.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I get more value for my money in old brandy than in any other antiquities… …Got many antiquities? .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • In that granite book, begun by the Orient, continued by Greek and Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages wrote the last page.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The little building had been standing for more than a century, and seasonal changes provoked different symptoms of its antiquity: winter cold saturated the stone-and-iron fixtures, and in summer, when temperatures often hurtled over the hundred mark, the old cells were malodorous cauldrons.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • A few months later, the Getty’s curator of antiquities, Marion True, wrote a long, glowing account of the museum’s acquisition for the art journal The Burlington Magazine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Now we are in the Athens of antiquity, Sophie.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Those who were sincere have owned to me that the poem made them fall asleep; yet it was necessary to have it in their library as a monument of antiquity, or like those rusty medals which are no longer of use in commerce.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Of the works preserved from antiquity, only the Hebrew Scriptures can rival Homer for the length and breadth of his influence.1 Homer has often been called the "father of Western literature," but history is never so neat.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I set out immediately, with my son, for London, and we only stopt a little by the way to view Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, and Lord Pembroke’s house and gardens, with his very curious antiquities at Wilton.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But there hasn’t been much antiquity, are you?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • All this sylvan antiquity, however, though visible from The Slopes, was outside the immediate boundaries of the estate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Nor must we forget to mention a hen-coop of very reverend antiquity that stood in the farther corner of the garden, not a great way from the fountain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Another resident of these seas caught my attention and revived all my memories of antiquity.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He had read all the literature of antiquity and forgotten all about it except a general aroma of charm and disillusion.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Reading Greek mythology had left him, he told me, with a sense of the antiquity of murder and mayhem, but no real explanations.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • THE DUENA ALFONSA was both grandaunt and godmother to the girl and her life at the hacienda invested it with oldworld ties and with antiquity and tradition.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • He reads the phrase "Equal Justice Under Law" and tries to make out the characters carved just above it, a row of squatting, deliberating white men from some period of antiquity or otherGreek, maybe, he thinks-but muscular, like black men.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It’s all a ghost, and in antiquity was so recognized as a ghost, the whole blessed world we live in.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She had said she lived over the way at Old-Grove Place, a house which he soon discovered from her description of its antiquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • With the walls of the kitchen ended all the antiquity of the abbey; the fourth side of the quadrangle having, on account of its decaying state, been removed by the general’s father, and the present erected in its place.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Mrs. Rouncewell holds this opinion because she considers that a family of such antiquity and importance has a right to a ghost.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It not only emulated the form of the neighbouring church of the parish, but vied with it in antiquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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