Adjective "mediaeval" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the Middle Ages.
  1. 'In the medieval period, the road was realigned slightly to become modern Fenchurch Street.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Many of the churches and cathedrals that survive from medieval times have also had additions to them.'
  4. 'The authority of the early medieval Church in England was no different to that of any other landowner.'
  5. 'One story told in medieval times was that an arrow fired from a long bow could penetrate four inches into oak.'
  6. 'The medieval pottery and iron tools speak more of hard work and modest prosperity than of exotic trade links.'
  7. 'The inferno could be seen for 40 miles, and the medieval city centre was destroyed.'
  8. 'The top of the hill was occupied in medieval times, presumably because of its defensive potential.'
  9. 'The wall and the Roman streets influenced the layout of medieval Colchester.'
  10. 'In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.'
  11. 'without other people around I would let my flat degenerate into medieval levels of squalor'


1. medieval.

More examples(as adjective)

"towns can be mediaeval."

"times can be mediaeval."

"cities can be mediaeval."

"castles can be mediaeval."

"walls can be mediaeval."

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Early 19th century: from modern Latin medium aevum ‘middle age’ + -al.