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1Relating to the Middle Ages:‘a medieval castle’
of the middle ages, middle age, of the dark ages, dark-age, 11th to 14th century, 6th to 14th century, gothic, earlyView synonyms
- ‘The medieval pottery and iron tools speak more of hard work and modest prosperity than of exotic trade links.’
- ‘The top of the hill was occupied in medieval times, presumably because of its defensive potential.’
- ‘It was a long, narrow strip of land and on the rocky coast at its southern end was a medieval castle.’
- ‘However, the relative value of silver today is in fact far lower than in early medieval times.’
- ‘The inferno could be seen for 40 miles, and the medieval city centre was destroyed.’
- ‘We are only now beginning to see how much survived of Roman and Celtic culture in the early medieval period.’
- ‘Indeed, Ireland has the largest corpus of early medieval water mill sites in the world.’
- ‘Despite all this, until recently little was known about medieval ships and shipbuilding.’
- ‘There are still unanswered questions about the formation of early medieval villages.’
- ‘A person in East Anglia will be within striking distance of a medieval church.’
- ‘Most other cruel medieval practices have been stopped for a long time, and this was long overdue.’
- ‘The settlement has Iron Age antecedents and was used as a cemetery in early medieval times.’
- ‘The wall and the Roman streets influenced the layout of medieval Colchester.’
- ‘One story told in medieval times was that an arrow fired from a long bow could penetrate four inches into oak.’
- ‘In the medieval period, the road was realigned slightly to become modern Fenchurch Street.’
- ‘The authority of the early medieval Church in England was no different to that of any other landowner.’
- ‘Roads in medieval Britain often followed the line of Roman roads for substantial distances.’
- ‘In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.’
- ‘Many of the churches and cathedrals that survive from medieval times have also had additions to them.’
- ‘Later, largely as a reaction to the cruel excesses of mediaeval witchhunts, when victims were burnt at the stake, the Vatican introduced a formalised exorcism ritual in 1614.’
- 1.1informal Resembling or likened to the Middle Ages, especially in being cruel, uncivilized, or primitive:‘without other people around I would let my flat degenerate into medieval levels of squalor’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin medium aevum middle age + -al.
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