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From the Latin exolētus, the perfect passive participle of exolescō, from ex +‎ olēscō (from oleō +‎ -ēscō).



exolete (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) That has gone out of use; disused, obsolete.
    • 1611, Thomas Coryat, Coryat’s Crudities, page 178:
      A Greeke inscription which I could not understand by reason of the antiquity of those exolete letters.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, part II, section iv, member i, subsection 5:
      In which [apothecaries’ shops] many…exolete, things out of date are to be had.
    • 1651, George Digby, Letters between Lord George Digby and Sir Kenelm Digby, Knt. concerning Religion, chapter iv, page 125:
      Paganism is ridiculous, Judaism exolete.
    • 1652, Thomas Urquhart, Ἐκσκυβαλαυρον; or, The Jewel in his Works (1834), page 211:
      Plautus exolet phrases have been [exploded] from the eloquent orations of Cicero.
    • 1705, Nahum Tate (translator), Abraham Cowley (author), Cowley’s History of Plants: A Poem in Six Books (1795), Preface, page 20:
      I declaimed…against the use of exolete and interpolated repetitions of old fables.
  2. (obsolete) That has lost its virtue; effete, insipid.
    • 1657, Richard Tomlinson (translator), Jean de Renou (author), A Medicinal Diſpenſatory, page 283:
      The vulgar Carpobalſame…being…faint, rancid, exolet.
    • 1676, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society XI, page 708:
      How exolete Blood falls asunder.
    • 1684, an unknown translator of Théophile Bonet (author), Mercurius Compitalitius, chapter x, page 358:
      These Exoticks…are now and then deprived partly of their virtues and exolete.
  3. (obsolete) (of flowers) Faded.






  1. vocative masculine singular of exolētus