Old World


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Old World

The Eastern Hemisphere. The term is often used to refer specifically to Europe.

Old′-World′ adj.
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Old World

n
(Physical Geography) that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere
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Old′ World′


n.
1.
a. Europe, Asia, and Africa.
b. Europe.

old′-world′



adj.
1. of or pertaining to the ancient world or to a former period of history.
2. of or pertaining to the Old World.
[1705–15]
old′-world′ly, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Old World - the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the AmericasOld World - the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas
eastern hemisphere, orient - the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
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Translations
Ancien Monde

Old World

n the Old Worldil Vecchio mondo
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References in classic literature ?
You speak of the dross of ignorance, whereas my memory dwells on those precious jewels, which it was my happy fortune, formerly, to witness, among the treasured glories of the Old World."
You forget that I am of the old world. I do not understand modernity."
I suppose, in the crowded clutter of their cave, the old man had come to believe that peace and order had vanished from the earth, or existed only in the old world he had left so far behind.
The gate was then closed, and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house.
Thus, we should, in a little time, see established in every part of this country the same engines of despotism which have been the scourge of the Old World. This, at least, would be the natural course of things; and our reasonings will be the more likely to be just, in proportion as they are accommodated to this standard.
WE HAVE seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger, as the conservator of peace among ourselves, as the guardian of our commerce and other common interests, as the only substitute for those military establishments which have subverted the liberties of the Old World, and as the proper antidote for the diseases of faction, which have proved fatal to other popular governments, and of which alarming symptoms have been betrayed by our own.
In 1633, and the year afterwards, the small-pox broke out among the Massachusetts Indians, multitudes of whom died by this terrible disease of the Old World. These misfortunes made them far less powerful than they had formerly been.
If you consider well of the people of the West Indies, it is very probable that they are a newer or a younger people, than the people of the Old World. And it is much more likely, that the destruction that hath heretofore been there, was not by earthquakes (as the Egyptian priest told Solon concerning the island of Atlantis, that it was swallowed by an earthquake), but rather that it was desolated by a particular deluge.
I would not for a moment sneer at anything that helps to keep hearts tender in this hard old world. We men are cold and common-sensed enough for all; we would not have women the same.
I was discovering a new world, and such was the passion of my exploration that the old world of John Barleycorn held no inducements for me.
"Because their ideas of progress in the Old World are contrary to our American habits of thought.
It's a mighty little old world. What's the use of bragging about being from the North, or the South, or the old manor house in the dale, or Euclid avenue, Cleveland, or Pike's Peak, or Fairfax County, Va., or Hooligan's Flats or any place?