past·​ness | \ ˈpas(t)-nəs How to pronounce pastness (audio) \

Definition of pastness

1 : the quality or state of being past
2 : the subjective quality of something being remembered rather than immediately experienced almost any popular record … is apt to be tinged with pastness— Roy McMullen

Examples of pastness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The extraordinary pastness of our story results from its having taken place before a certain turning point, on the far side of a rift that has cut deeply through our lives and our consciousness. David Treuer, The New York Review of Books, "The Magic Mountains of the Acoma Pueblo and Thomas Mann," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of pastness

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pastness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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