Definitions

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  • adjective Conceived or done without consideration of history or historical context.
  • adjective Unconcerned with or ignorant of history.

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  • adjective Lacking historical perspective or context.

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  • adjective unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition

Etymologies

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a- +‎ historical

Examples

  • That is, the temple both embodies occidental culture's pitting of human history (world) against an earth that is conceived of as being "ahistorical," and brings these domains into an antagonistic "belonging to one another" (174).

    Blake, Heidegger, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology: A Fourfold Perspective on Humanity's Relationship to Nature

  • Krauze wrote that it was "ahistorical" to claim that "intelligent design was invented by a Christian lawyer in the 80s."

    On contradictory claims and the long history of teleology

  • To call something "ahistorical" isn't a term of endearment; it means that the belief in question ignores crucial historical facts or distinctions, sort of like how Rosenau ignores clear statements in the writings he responds to.

    On contradictory claims and the long history of teleology

  • * A further commenter decries her post as "ahistorical," and takes what we might call the commonsense view: states don't kill people; people kill people.

    Kate's Konfusion

  • Krauze wrote that it was "ahistorical" to claim that "intelligent design was invented by a Christian lawyer in the 80s."

    On contradictory claims and the long history of teleology

  • * A further commenter decries her post as "ahistorical," and takes what we might call the commonsense view: states don't kill people; people kill people.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • More than that, I freely admit I was one of these 'ahistorical' youth, though in most respects I wasn't really ahistorical.

    Deja vu

  • More than that, I freely admit I was one of these 'ahistorical' youth, though in most respects I wasn't really ahistorical.

    Boomers!

  • If one has studied the history of black people in America with any rigor, Beck's claims are specious, dishonest, and anti-historical (notice I did not say "ahistorical").

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  • If one has studied the history of black people in America with any rigor, Beck's claims are specious, dishonest, and anti-historical (notice I did not say "ahistorical").

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