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me·di·e·val

also me·di·ae·val  (mē′dē-ē′vəl, mĕd′ē-, mĭ-dē′vəl)
adj.
1. also Medieval
a. Relating or belonging to the Middle Ages.
b. Of or relating to a historical period roughly coinciding with the European Middle Ages and characterized by feudal or aristocratic social structures, as in Japan or China.
2.
a. Suggestive of the Middle Ages, as in being hierarchical or cruel.
b. Informal Old-fashioned; unenlightened: parents with a medieval attitude toward dating.

[From New Latin medium aevum, the middle age : Latin, neuter of medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots + Latin aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

me′di·e′val·ly adv.

medieval

(ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl) or

mediaeval

adj
1. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
2. informal old-fashioned; primitive
[C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age]
ˌmediˈevally, ˌmediˈaevally adv

me•di•e•val

or me•di•ae•val

(ˌmi diˈi vəl, ˌmɛd i-, ˌmɪd i-, mɪdˈi vəl)

adj.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Middle Ages.
[1820–30; < New Latin medi(um)aev(um) the middle age + -al1. See medium, age]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.medieval - relating to or belonging to the Middle Agesmedieval - relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages; "Medieval scholars"; "Medieval times"
2.medieval - as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating"
nonmodern - not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
3.medieval - characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Agesmedieval - characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages; "chivalric rites"; "the knightly years"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"

medieval

adjective (Informal) old-fashioned, antique, primitive, obsolete, out-of-date, archaic, prehistoric, antiquated, anachronistic, antediluvian, unenlightened, out of the ark There can be no excuse for these medieval methods.
Translations
středověký
middelalderligmiddelalder-
keskiaikainen
srednjovjekovni
középkori
miîalda-, frá/sem lÿtur aî miîöldum
中世の
중세의
viduramžių
viduslaiku
middeleeuwermiddeleeuws
srednjeveški
medeltida
เกี่ยวกับยุคกลาง
Orta Çağa aitortaçağ
thuộc thời Trung cổ

medieval

[ˌmedɪˈiːvəl] ADJmedieval

medieval

[ˌmɛdiˈiːvəl] mediaeval (British) adjmédiéval(e)

medieval

adj (lit, fig)mittelalterlich; in medieval timesim Mittelalter; it’s positively medieval (practice, attitude)es ist wie im Mittelalter

medieval

[ˌmɛdɪˈiːvl] adjmedievale, del medio evo
medieval studies → medievalistica sg

medieval,

mediaeval

(mediˈiːvəl) , ((American) mi:-) adjective
of, or belonging to, the Middle Ages. medieval plays/music.

medieval

مُتَعَلِقٌ بِالْقُرُونِ الْوُسْطَى středověký middelalderlig mittelalterlich μεσαιωνικός medieval keskiaikainen médiéval srednjovjekovni medievale 中世の 중세의 middeleeuws middelaldersk średniowieczny medieval средневековый medeltida เกี่ยวกับยุคกลาง ortaçağ thuộc thời Trung cổ 中世纪的
References in classic literature ?
On the contrary, the speeding-up seemed to be growing more savage all the time; they were continually inventing new devices to crowd the work on--it was for all the world like the thumbscrew of the medieval torture chamber.
We returned to Necharsteinach, plunged our hot heads into the trough at the town pump, and then went to the hotel and ate our trout dinner in leisurely comfort, in the garden, with the beautiful Neckar flowing at our feet, the quaint Dilsberg looming beyond, and the graceful towers and battlements of a couple of medieval castles
But, as I stood under the blackened, groined arches of that old synagogue, made dimly visible by the seven thin candles in the sacred lamp, while our Jewish cicerone reached down the Book of the Law, and read to us in its ancient tongue--I felt a shuddering impression that this strange building, with its shrunken lights, this surviving withered remnant of medieval Judaism, was of a piece with my vision.
As a general thing I was irritated by this survival of medieval manners, though as I liked the old I suppose I ought to have liked it; but I was so determined to be genial that I took my false card out of my pocket and held it up to her, smiling as if it were a magic token.
At the same instant I heard the crash of Lord John's elephant-gun, and, looking up, saw one of the creatures with a broken wing struggling upon the ground, spitting and gurgling at us with a wide-opened beak and blood-shot, goggled eyes, like some devil in a medieval picture.
There is much that is immortal in this medieval lady.
It's a curious story; it carries us back to medieval times, when faith was a living thing
The guests sat at the upper table, the ladies in a gallery above them, while the usual drove of men-at-arms, archers, malapert rogues, varlets, scurvy knaves, scullions, and plug-uglies attached to all medieval households, squashed in near the door, wherever they could find room.
We had such glimpses of the Rhone gliding along between its grassy banks; of cosy cottages buried in flowers and shrubbery; of quaint old red-tiled villages with mossy medieval cathedrals looming out of their midst; of wooded hills with ivy-grown towers and turrets of feudal castles projecting above the foliage; such glimpses of Paradise, it seemed to us, such visions of fabled fairyland!
The smoke from the chimneys hung over it, a pale blue haze; and the tall roofs, the spires of the churches, gave it a pleasantly medieval air.
On a sheet of thick writing-paper the prince had written in medieval characters the legend:
Consequently, when these monsters met in battle, they manoeuvred for the upper place, or grappled and fought like junks, throwing grenades fighting hand to hand in an entirely medieval fashion.