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  • n. the circumstances and ideas of the present age


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  • TO people of modern times early monachism must seem an unbeautiful and even offensive life.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages

  • It was not until modern times that the two terms attained clearly distinct meanings.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • There stands to the present day, among the ruins of Alexandria, a beautiful column, about one hundred feet high, which has been known in all modern times as POMPEY'S PILLAR.

    History of Julius Caesar

  • The laws enacted from time to time for this purpose were called Agrarian laws; and the phrase afterward passed into a sort of proverb, inasmuch as plans proposed in modern times for conciliating the favor of the populace by sharing among them property belonging to the state or to the rich, are designated by the name of Agrarianism.

    History of Julius Caesar

  • In modern times the Orthodox (and Eastern Catholic) title of protopope often means hardly more than a complimentary title conveying a certain rank and precedence with sometimes a few unimportant rights.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • To continue it in modern times would be to open the door to license: it would be abused; everybody would be putting away his wife; there must therefore be no longer any such Permissive Bill, but a strict Law of indissoluble marriage.

    The Life of John Milton

  • One group of historians, known in modern times as the vulgate tradition, used Cleitarchus as its primary source but supplemented his work with other authors.

    Alexander the Great

  • Rites, 31 Aug., 1805 (double major), Apparition of Our Lady to St. Peter Nolasco in the choir of Barcelona, on the Sunday after 24 Sept. In England the devotion to Our Lady of Ransom was revived in modern times to obtain the rescue of England as Our Lady's Dowry.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In modern times objections have been raised against various features of the Ratio Studiorum, but most of them are either based on a misunderstanding of the Ratio, or directed against features which are entirely unessential.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • We can go to the records and find out the life-history of every renowned race-horse of modern times -- but not Shakespeare's!

    Is Shakespeare Dead?


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