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antiquity

noun uk   /ænˈtɪk.wɪ.ti/ us    /-wə.t̬i/
[U] the distant past (= a long time ago), especially before the sixth century: Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes since antiquity. Before creating this sculpture, she studied all the masterpieces of classical antiquity. [C] an object that was created a very long time ago: Under Greek law, all antiquities that are discovered in Greece belong to the government.
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