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superannuated

[soo-per-an-yoo-ey-tid] /ˌsu pərˈæn yuˌeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
retired because of age or infirmity.
2.
too old for use, work, service, or a position.
3.
antiquated or obsolete:
superannuated ideas.
Origin of superannuated
1625-1635
1625-35; alteration (with -u- of annual) of Medieval Latin superannātus over a year old (said of cattle), equivalent to super ann(um) beyond a year + -ātus -ate1; see -ed2

superannuate

[soo-per-an-yoo-eyt] /ˌsu pərˈæn yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), superannuated, superannuating.
1.
to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
2.
to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.
verb (used without object), superannuated, superannuating.
3.
to be or become old, out of date, or retired.
Origin
First recorded in 1640-50; back formation from superannuated
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Examples from the Web for superannuated
Historical Examples
  • It is too depressing, these vagaries, these senile ramblings of a superannuated musician.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Started a superannuated fortune, and just now upon the full scent.

  • It was a boon to superannuated officers, and the number was limited.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Then there will be a demonstration, at any rate, and then the thing will be superannuated.

  • Of their small force some of the soldiers were superannuated, others invalid.

    The Fort Dearborn Massacre

    Linai Taliaferro Helm
  • A third youth had been recently superannuated: he was for ballast, Louis said.

    A Mock Idyl

    Percy Ross
  • Only think,” said Peterkin, with a suppressed laugh, “of a superannuated wild-cat!

    The Coral Island R. M. Ballantyne
  • As the others are used like Fools and superannuated Persons, so we will use these like Madmen.

    The Levellers

    Anonymous
  • It is the paradise of the moderate walker or the superannuated mountaineer.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • But Huldah, as she plays with your Harry there, does not look to me as if she were superannuated yet.

British Dictionary definitions for superannuated

superannuated

/ˌsuːpərˈænjʊˌeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness
2.
too old to serve usefully
3.
obsolete
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year

superannuate

/ˌsuːpərˈænjʊˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to pension off
2.
to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for superannuated
adj.

"retired on account of old age," 1630s, "obsolete, out of date," from Medieval Latin superannuatus "more than a year old" (of cattle), from Latin super "beyond, over" (see super-) + annus "year" (see annual).

superannuate

v.

1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.

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