Use the adjective medieval to describe something from the Middle Ages, or something so backwards that it might as well be from the Middle Ages. A teacher once rapped your knuckles with a ruler as punishment? That’s practically medieval!

Medieval can also have positive connotations, since the Middle Ages are remembered as a time of knights and courtly love, when chivalry and honor were highly valued. If a guy doesn’t mind getting his feet wet lifting his girlfriend over a big puddle, that’s medieval in a nice way. However, if he then dies of the bubonic plague, that’s medieval in a less nice way.

Definitions of medieval

adj relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages

Medieval scholars”
Medieval times”

adj characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages

chivalric, knightly
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adj as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened

“a medieval attitude toward dating”
gothic, mediaeval
not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time

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