One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean’
of long ago, earliest, first, early, past, former, bygone
prehistoric, primeval, primordial, primitive
literary olden, of yore, foregone
2‘an ancient custom’
old, very old, age-old, antediluvian, time-worn, time-honoured, immemorial, long-lived
new, recent, modern
3‘you make me feel positively ancient’
antiquated, archaic, antediluvian, medieval, obsolete, obsolescent, superannuated, anachronistic, old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded
aged, elderly, venerable, hoary, decrepit
informal fossilized, as old as the hills, cobwebby, in one's dotage, out of the ark, creaky, clunky, mouldy
British informal past its sell-by date, past one's sell-by date
North American informal mossy, horse and buggy
youthful, up to date
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