from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The spirit or the body of beliefs, customs, or practices of the Middle Ages.
  • n. Devotion to or acceptance of the ideas of the Middle Ages.
  • n. Scholarly study of the Middle Ages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being medieval
  • n. The study of the Middle Ages
  • n. A custom or belief from the Middle Ages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is characteristic of the middle ages; the medieval spirit, practice, or methods in regard to anything; a peculiarity or characteristic of the middle ages.
  • n. Devotion to or adoption of the spirit or practice of the middle ages; medieval tendency in thought or action, as with respect to religion or politics.


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  • Bones used this word when he was treating Chekov's head wound and complaining about 20th century medicine.

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