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Antedate   Listen

(past & past part. antedated; pres. part. antedating)
Be earlier in time; go back further.  Synonyms: antecede, forego, forgo, precede, predate.
Establish something as being earlier relative to something else.  Synonyms: foredate, predate.

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"Antedate" Quotes from Famous Books

... derived from the pseudo-Herodotean "Life of Homer", but many of them occur in other documents such as the "Contest of Homer and Hesiod", or are quoted by various ancient authors. These poetic fragments clearly antedate the "Life" itself, which seems to have been so written round them as to supply appropriate occasions for their composition. Epigram iii on Midas of Larissa was otherwise attributed to Cleobulus of ...
— Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica • Homer and Hesiod

... liberal sense. Contributions to romantic literature such as Macpherson's "Ossian," Collins' "Ode on the Superstitions of the Scottish Highlands," and Gray's translations form the Welsh and the Norse, relate to periods which antedate that era of Christian chivalry and feudalism, extending roughly from the eleventh century to the fifteenth, to which the term, "Middle Ages," more strictly applies. The same thing is true of the ground-work, at least, ...
— A History of English Romanticism in the Eighteenth Century • Henry A. Beers

Words linked to "Antedate" :   postdate, chronologise, chronologize

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