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ANCIENTLY, English law. A term for eldership or seniority used in the statute of Ireland, 14 Hen. Vni.

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The civilized nations--Greece, Rome, England--have been sustained by the primitive forests which anciently rotted where they stand.
In the case of most of our anciently domesticated animals and plants, I do not think it is possible to come to any definite conclusion, whether they have descended from one or several species.
Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
Frazer suggests that "the prytanis was anciently the king or perhaps rather the chief or headman of a petty independent town and that the prytaneum was his house" (147).
Ramon del Valle-Inclan, as one of the founding members of the modernist avant-garde group, Spain's Generacion de '98, is the inheritor of a much more anciently evolved mystical discourse from both Christian and Muslim sources.
It must be agreed that many people and Nations have been overgrown with evill Customes and Barbarism, that they have imbased thir very human Nature to a degree not much superiour to Beasts as appeares at this day in many (e) of the Countryes of the West Indies, and (f) anciently in some remote /fol.
The EVO-PAK is designed to deliver Oakley Artesian's water to the customer just as it was when it came out of the ground: anciently pristine, crystal clear, and most-importantly, chemical-free.
As I have emphasized, all of this is an arbitrary first outline of a new account in description of a latent function that is anciently familiar; more or less divested of the religious or divinely inspired aspect, this is the poet in the domestic company of a supportive and critical Muse-like companion, except that the Muse of classical tradition must be an authority figure, whereas the relationship I am proposing is one between equals (more or less) in most aspects, even when there are contests for control or mischief at certain moments.
It lay there calm and small and quietly, anciently, beautiful.
On the one hand, the practice of medicine is not only a supremely important occupation, as Socrates anciently insisted; it is also the paradigmatic profession in our modern world.
Hardy] cleverly sets the heated immediacy of the lovers' plight against the cold permanence of the effigies, the heat of their passion against the "frigid stone" of "stately husbands and wives, side by side as they anciently slept.
The Asian lineage leading to First Americans is the most anciently diverged, whereas the Asian lineages that contributed some of the DNA to Eskimo-Aleut speakers and the Na-Dene-speaking Chipewyan from Canada are more closely related to present-day East Asian populations," Reich explained.