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 ahistorical (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

Other Words from ahistorical

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

Examples of ahistorical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putin also openly stated his revanchist, imperialist goals, declaring that Ukraine was not a real country and making the ahistorical suggestion that it should be subsumed back into mother Russia. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 29 June 2022 Herzog’s Onoda is not an ahistorical lunatic, but rather a man with admirable focus who clings to life and refuses to cede a fight. Kristen Millares Young, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Kinzinger was reacting to Volodymyr Zelensky’s ahistorical speech to the Knesset. David Harsanyi, National Review, 22 Mar. 2022 It’s not only ahistorical but untrue to the present-day discriminations that nonwhites and non-Christians face in France—untrue to their struggle, collective and individual, to be recognized, accepted, and treated as undeniably and equally French. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 Other Presidents are more indifferent to history, and the last Oval Office occupant in particular seems to have adopted a fiercely ahistorical posture. Philip Elliott, Time, 5 Apr. 2022 Yet overlooking the moguls’ story is troublingly ahistorical, say scholars. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 Putin’s ahistorical justifications of the invasion doesn’t surprise the scholar. Katya Cengel, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Putin is not the only world leader who has harkened back to an ahistorical past to justify his decisions in the present. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 7 Jul. 2022.

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