Definitions

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  • adj. obsolete; out of use; stale; insipid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Obsolete; out of use; state; insipid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obsolete; worn; faded; flat; insipid.

Etymologies

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Latin exoletus, past participle of exolescere to grow out, grow out of use; ex out + olescere to grow.

Examples

  • In which many vain, superfluous, corrupt, exolete, things out of date are to be had

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • But they press more dangerously upon, and as it were stab me with my own Weapon, who bring those things to my mind, which I have declaimed so vehemently against, the use of exolete and interpolated repetitions of old Fables in Poetry, when Truth it self in the sacred Books of God and awful Registers of the Church has laid open a new more rich and ample World of Poetry, for the Wits of Men to be exercised upon.

    The Third Part of the Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley Being his Six Books of Plants

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