ahis·​tor·​i·​cal | \ ˌā-hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl How to pronounce ahistorical (audio) , -ˈstär- \
variants: or ahistoric \ ˌā-​hi-​ˈstȯr-​ik How to pronounce ahistoric (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \

Definition of ahistorical

: not concerned with or related to history, historical development, or tradition an ahistorical attitude also : historically inaccurate or ignorant an ahistorical version of events

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Other Words from ahistorical

ahistorically \ ˌā-​hi-​ˈstȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ahistorically (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ adverb
ahistoricism \ ˌā-​hi-​ˈstȯr-​ə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce ahistoricism (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ noun
ahistoricity \ ˌā-​ˌhi-​stə-​ˈri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce ahistoricity (audio) \ noun

Examples of ahistorical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The comparisons of Trump and Jackson by Mead, Trump, and many of the Right’s talking heads are at best superficial and at worst ahistorical. Daniel Gullota, National Review, "Donald Trump Is No Andrew Jackson," 10 Feb. 2020 The assumption that people who arrive poor will stay that way is ahistorical. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Immigrants Come to America to Work," 28 Jan. 2020 This was laughable, but in some ways the Republicans were almost all Barry Loudermilks on Wednesday, endorsing an array of fanciful excuses for the President that were just as implausible, if not so comically ahistorical. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The House’s Sad, Predictable, Partisan, and Historic Impeachment of Donald Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 To be an Indian in modern American society is in a very real way to be unreal and ahistorical. David Treuer, New York Times, "How a Native American Resistance Held Alcatraz for 18 Months," 21 Nov. 2019 The United States is a particularly nation-centric and ahistorical country. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Baritone Michael Chioldi portrays the king, with soprano Ellie Dehn as Catherine, mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther as Anne, and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan as the ahistorical character Don Gomez. Maura Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Folk & World," 20 Sep. 2018 To Reid-Henry, democracy is not a static and ahistorical system. Mario Del Pero, Washington Post, "How the 1970s spawned democracy’s current crisis," 1 Aug. 2019 Lohengrin is an electrician come to electrify an ahistorical, possibly post-apocalyptic, community that has gone dark. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ahistorical

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Ahistorical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahistorical. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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