from The Century Dictionary.

  • As old as the world; very old; reaching back through the ages.


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  • We looked at him clearly, with world-old eyes, and saw simply a human thing, weak and pitiable and cruel, even as we are and were.


  • The world-old and fearful things,—war and wealth, murder and luxury?


  • Always Africa is giving us something new or some metempsychosis of a world-old thing.


  • Whether known as Communism or Socialism or what not, these efforts are neither new nor strange nor terrible, but world-old and seeking an absolutely justifiable human ideal—the only ideal that can be sought: the direction of individual action in industry so as to secure the greatest good of all.


  • "A friend is a friend, but a brother is a rival," says the East, out of world-old experience, and in some ways Russia is more eastern than the East itself.

    In The Time Of Light

  • Bursdon and Welsford were then, as now, a rolling range of dreary moors, unbroken by tor or tree, or anything save few and far between a world-old furze-bank which marked the common rights of some distant cattle farm, and crossed then, not as now, by a decent road, but by a rough confused track-way, the remnant of an old

    Westward Ho!

  • That world-old problem never fails to interest the new and the inexperienced.

    The Titan

  • From time to time a mountain stream brawled from under a world-old bridge, and then spread a quiet tide for the women to kneel beside and wash the clothes which they spread to dry on every bush and grassy slope of the banks.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • None of the trees looked so old, so world-old, as certain trees in the careless olive groves of Italy.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Before this world-old proposition we stand, serious, interested, confused; endeavouring to evolve the true theory of morals — the true answer to what is right.

    Sister Carrie


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