(Brit) a historical building or the remains of one, usually dating from no later than the medieval period, that has been designated as worthy of preservation and is often in the care of a government department
But we passed an ancient monument, a tall pillar, rising out of the bed of the Illinois river.
The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
On the other side was an ancient monument, with a long Latin inscription upon it.
Rollo in Naples Jacob Abbott
It is he whom an ancient monument represents as the demiurgic principle creating the mundane egg.
The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
And so an ancient monument must be destroyed either out of wanton mischief, or to be broken up for the repair of a fence!
A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
The ancient monument carries you further back, and there are Celtic authorities that translate its name the “Stone of Victory.”
Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
It is thus, in every respect, the most ancient monument in France, and is well deserving of being visited by travellers.
Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808 Lt-Col. Pinkney
Consequently it remains in many respects the most ancient monument of primitive rites and ceremonies in Christendom.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3 Various
A little summer-house, upon an eminence, belonging to this wooded bank, resembles an ancient monument.
Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 4 (of 10) John Gibson Lockhart.
I rode out the next day with the Armenian and some others, to see the ancient monument.
At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
The removal of this ancient monument was the only injury which Constantius had offered to the superstition of the Romans.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon
- Ancient lights
noun (usually functioning as sing) the legal right to receive, by a particular window or windows, adequate and unobstructed daylight Historical Examples ancient lights are not provided for, and chimneys are not mentioned. The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley A good example of what I mean is to be found in number fifteen of […]
- Ancient mystic order rosae crucis
See under (def 2). Abbreviation: AMORC. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a person who belonged to a secret society laying claim to various forms of occult knowledge and power and professing esoteric principles of religion. a member of any of several later or modern bodies or societies professing principles derived from or attributed to […]
- Ancient regime
. Contemporary Examples Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the ancient regime, of course. The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles William O’Connor December 13, 2014 Historical Examples In Virginia there continued to appear from England adherents of the ancient regime. Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston Their wars became less and […]
- Ancient wisdom
noun pre-Christian knowledge, philosophy, and beliefs Contemporary Examples When you think of proverbs, you picture expressions of ancient wisdom. 13 Crazy, Dirty Modern Proverbs Fred R. Shapiro May 29, 2012 According to ancient wisdom, forgiveness blesses both those who receive it and those who extend it. Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop […]