[mee-dee-ee-vuh l, med-ee-, mid-ee-, mid-ee-vuh l]
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages: medieval architecture.Compare Middle Ages.
- Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
Origin of medieval
1820–30;Related formsme·di·e·val·ly, adverban·ti·me·di·e·val, adjectivean·ti·me·di·e·val·ly, adverbpost·me·di·e·val, adjectivepseu·do·me·di·e·val, adjectivepseu·do·me·di·e·val·ly, adverbqua·si-me·di·e·val, adjectiveun·me·di·e·val, adjective
< New Latin medi(um
) the middle age + -al1
. See medium
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Derived Formsmedievally or mediaevally, adverb
- of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
- informal old-fashioned; primitive
Word Origin for medieval
C19: from New Latin medium aevum the middle age. See medium, age
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Word Origin and History for quasi-medieval
1827, "pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages," coined in English from Latin medium "the middle" (see medium (n.)) + aevum "age" (see eon).
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quasi-medieval in Culture
A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.
“Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs. It may suggest inhuman practices, such as torture of prisoners. (See Inquisition
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