Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unconcerned with or unrelated to history, historical development, or tradition: "All of this is totally ahistorical. There is virtually no evidence in the historical record to support any of it” ( Heritage Foundation Reports).

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  • adj. Lacking historical perspective or context.

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  • adj. unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition

Etymologies

a- +‎ historical (Wiktionary)

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

  • * 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

  • 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

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

    Deja vu

  • 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").

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • It produces an 'ahistorical' and 'utopian' reading, as Marion actually confesses.

    Joseph S. O'Leary homepage

  • "ahistorical," Velvel said, meaning, people don't know the country's history, and consequently, they keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

    Nashuatelegraph.com: Breaking News | Web Feeds

  • ‘It would be equally unfortunate if an ahistorical and ethnocentric conservatism were to deny that addressing that challenge is both feasible and desirable.’

    Racism. You Know, for Kids.

  • Given such an ahistorical context, it should come as no surprise that the unannounced go-to guy going for the Republican Presidential nomination in the future-perfect year of 2012 is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a historian in his own right -- and a novelist and an anti-jihad documentarian and a Fox News analyst and a speechifier for hire.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Glenn Beck's History Lesson

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