disused
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌdɪsˈjuːzd/
Verb
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of disuse
Adjective

disused (not comparable)

  1. No longer in use.
    • 1589, George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie, Chapter 14,
      But as time & experience do reforme euery thing that is amisse, so this bitter poeme called the old Comedy, being disused and taken away, the new Comedy came in place, more ciuill and pleasant a great deale and not touching any man by name, but in a certain generalitie glancing at euery abuse,
    • 1815, Walter Scott, Guy Mannering, Chapter 37,
      In Scotland the custom, now disused in England, of inviting the relations of the deceased to the interment is universally retained.
    • 1881, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Willowwood" in The House of Life, Stanza 2,
      And now Love sang: but his was such a song,
      So meshed with half-remembrance hard to free,
      As souls disused in death’s sterility
      May sing when the new birthday tarries long.
    • 1894, George Santayana, “On a Volume of Scholastic Philosophy” in Sonnets and Other Verses, New York: Duffield & Co., 1906, p. 55,
      The breath that stirred his lips he soon resigned
      To windy chaos, and we only find
      The garnered husks of his disusèd words.
    • 1956, Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond, New York: New York Review Books, 2003, Chapter 9, p. 72,
      […] the disused, wrecked Byzantine churches that brooded, forlorn, lovely, ravished and apostate ghosts, about the hills and shores of that lost empire.
    • 1997, Toni Morrison, Paradise, New York: Knopf, p. 172,
      All around in shadow lurked the shapes of trunks, wooden boxes, furniture, disused and broken.
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