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medieval

medieval

See also: médiéval

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

medieval (comparative more medieval, superlative most medieval)

  1. Of or relating to the Middle Ages, the period from about 500 to about 1500.
  2. Having characteristics associated with the Middle Ages:
    1. Archaic.
    2. Brutal.
      • 1969 March 24, New York Magazine, page 58:
        Brute force can get you into any apartment if you want to get medieval about it.
      • 2003, Robert Ludlum, The Janson Directive, page 579:
        "Oh, what a nifty idea," Collins said dryly. "Get a bunch of angry brothers with a blowtorch and some pliers and get medieval on his ass."

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

medieval (plural medievals)

  1. Someone living in the Middle Ages.
  2. A medieval example (of something aforementioned or understood from context).
    • Thank God for modern remedies: the medievals were often useless or even harmful.

Translations


Aragonese

Adjective

medieval

  1. medieval

Catalan

Adjective

medieval m, f (masculine and feminine plural medievals)

  1. medieval

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /məðjəˈβaɫ/ (Barc.), /meðjeˈβaɫ/ (Val.), /məðjəˈvaɫ/ (Palma)


Galician

Adjective

medieval m, f (plural medievais)

  1. medieval

Portuguese

Adjective

medieval m, f (plural medievais, comparable)

  1. medieval

Spanish

Adjective

medieval m, f (plural medievales)

  1. medieval

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /meðieˈβal/