ancient history


Definition of ancient history

1 : the history of ancient times
2 : something from the past dismissed as no longer important or relevant to the present regarding their former dispute as ancient history

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For young people, Stonewall is ancient history, as is the terror of AIDS. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019 Part of the revolution was about destroying artifacts, destroying this other, ancient history of Egypt, so that religious history could be the only one. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 The once wonderful Los Angeles Festival, last mounted in 1993, is ancient history. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: L.A. needs a summer music festival. Piano Spheres and Monday Evening Concerts show the way," 30 July 2019 The Americans have defeated Holland in six straight games, by a score of 22-2, but those blowouts are ancient history; the teams haven’t faced each other since 2016, and the Dutch took the 2017 European Championship. Sean Gregory, Time, "The World Cup Final Is the U.S. Women's Soccer Team's Chance to Silence Critics – Trump and Otherwise – Forever," 5 July 2019 Socrates is considered by many to be the founding father of Western philosophy—as well as one of the most enigmatic figures of ancient history. National Geographic, "Who was Socrates?," 11 Mar. 2019 Broom and a firm run by his kids acquired the Smuttynose assets from the bank last year, to breathe new life into a brand born 25 years ago — ancient history by the fickle standards of today’s craft beer drinker. Jon Chesto,, "New Smuttynose owner brews up a turnaround," 1 July 2019 These days, reading a book from the Obama era might seem like something out of ancient history (if not another planet), but former White House stenographer Beck Dorey Stein’s memoir of her tenure at the White House is a fun throwback. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 Long seen as signifying growth and life, the astronomical event has an ancient history of being recognized as a special event in the calendar. National Geographic, "Summer solstice traditions from around the world," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of ancient history

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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