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adjective as in ancient

adjective as in gray or white

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Colleagues say Schumer’s hoary bromides and constant solicitousness mask a fierce intelligence–one smart enough to know that people prefer feeling like they’re being heard to feeling like they’re being led.

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“Canary in the coal mine” has become a hoary environmental saw.

I tried to avoid famously hoary puns like “Tequila Mockingbird” or “My Corona,” though I didn’t insist that some joke had never been made before by anyone ever.

This is just one of those cases when the hoary cliché is true.

Every president and political movement, of course, brings to power an often-hoary group of grasping interest groups.

The idea is an old one—or as the irritable Economist magazine calls it, “hoary.”

Here we taste a mingling of modern elegance and hoary antiquity, such as has never ere now graced life for either of us.

Hoary sires crept along on their staffs, followed by sons and sons' sons and daughters also.

He describes the storm sweeping over the white-crested mountains till the earth, like a hoary king, trembles with fear.

Over the screen of trees you can see beautiful Delhi lying within its hoary walls.

She placed her hand lovingly on the edge of a hoary shutter.


On this page you'll find 40 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to hoary, such as: age-old, antiquated, timeworn, aged, antique, and elderly.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.