ahis·​tor·​i·​cal | \ˌā-hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl, -ˈtär-\
variants: or ahistoric \ -​ik \

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 \ adverb
ahistoricism \ -​ə-​ˌsi-​zəm \ noun
ahistoricity \ -​ˌhis-​tə-​ˈri-​sə-​tē \ noun

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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 As before, the exhibition takes up two floors and is even more intently ahistorical than its predecessor, mixing old and new from beginning to end. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Real, or Too Real? A Dazzling Show Goes the Way of All Flesh," 22 Mar. 2018 Johnson’s comments, criticized as glib and ahistorical, angered both sides of the Irish border. William Booth, Washington Post, "Northern Ireland has become an unexpected hurdle for Brexit," 28 Feb. 2018 Olga Kurylenko plays a crucial (if ahistorical) role as a concert pianist, and Andrea Riseborough and Rupert Friend appear as Stalin’s grown, if not exactly grownup, children. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ahistorical

1911, in the meaning defined above

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