Pronunciation: (an-tik'wi-tē), [key]
1. the quality of being ancient; ancientness: a bowl of great antiquity.
2. ancient times; former ages: the splendor of antiquity.
3. the period of history before the Middle Ages.
4. the peoples, nations, tribes, or cultures of ancient times.
5. Usually, antiquities. something belonging to or remaining from ancient times, as monuments, relics, or customs.
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