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

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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 This is ostensibly to redress and correct the ahistorical gaps of African-American art in their collections. Taylor Renee Aldridge, Harper's BAZAAR, ""Art is a Way to Exert Power": On HBO's "Black Art: In the Absence of Light"," 23 Feb. 2021 Taken together, Regan’s ahistorical material, his closed-system jokes, and his big silly faces come together with a special that his audience might respond to in two different ways. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "On the Rocks Hopes You’re Cool With Ignoring All the Bad Stuff," 23 Feb. 2021 Joseph, whose presence is not ahistorical, is there, too . . . Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "His Father’s Business," 25 Dec. 2020 As a child growing up in India’s post-liberalisation 1990s, this was a particularly ahistorical time in middle-class Indians’ lives. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The Crown’s escape from history, as seen from the British Empire’s former colonies," 26 Nov. 2020 Trump has repeatedly insisted that the results of the election be known on November 3, a demand that’s both ahistorical and impossible. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet," 4 Nov. 2020 Holocaust denial is an ahistorical anti-Semitic campaign to deny, reduce, or otherwise erase the genocide of Jewish people during World War II. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Facebook Is Cracking Down On Holocaust Denier Content," 13 Oct. 2020 This parental dereliction of duty is partly to blame for the presence of ahistorical and unscientific curricula in American schools. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Sex-Ed Will Be on the Ballot in Washington State," 3 Oct. 2020 The Democratic Party has always viewed Ireland through the eyes of their Irish American voters, who in turn view their ancestral homeland in an attenuated, folkloric, and often ahistorical way. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Biden Is Wrong on Ireland and Brexit," 20 Sep. 2020

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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 13 May. 2021.

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