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

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 \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ahistorically (audio) \ adverb
ahistoricism \ -​ə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce ahistoricism (audio) \ noun
ahistoricity \ -​ˌhis-​tə-​ˈri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce ahistoricity (audio) \ noun

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Unsurprisingly, McConnell's particular take on the subject was widely viewed as ahistorical and highly contrary. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 This is a relentlessly ahistorical read of American politics. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 To imply that this word is not strongly tied to homophobia is either wholly naïve or purposefully misleading and ahistorical. Mikelle Street, Teen Vogue, "Nicki Minaj Is Being Accused of Queerphobia On Her New Album "Queen"," 13 Aug. 2018 Inspired by a childhood love of One Thousand and One Nights, the American architect came up with an orientalist, but not ahistorical, fantasia of waterfalls, bazaars, and museums, with statues of Harun al-Rashid and Aladdin. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Much punditry about this era — including my own — has been even more ahistorical. Ezra Klein, Vox, "American democracy has faced worse threats than Donald Trump," 10 May 2018 From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi To understand where our anti-black and ahistorical understandings of slavery came from, read award-winning historian Kendi’s New York Times best-selling book. Brooke Obie, The Root, "Here’s a List of Books on Slavery That Kanye Should Read," 3 May 2018 But this statement, in all of its ahistorical absurdity, was particularly unsettling. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "Wake Up, Mr. West!," 3 May 2018 This play is a welcome antidote to such fuzzy, ahistorical nostalgia. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Top Girls' keep others down in excellent Renaissance production," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ahistorical

1911, in the meaning defined above

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