Definitions

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  • adj. Past; gone by.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Past; gone by.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Past; gone by: as, “by-past perils,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. well in the past; former

Etymologies

Equivalent to by- +‎ past. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I perpend with myself these and such-like marvellous effects of this wonderful herb, it seemeth strange unto me how the invention of so useful a practice did escape through so many by-past ages the knowledge of the ancient philosophers, considering the inestimable utility which from thence proceeded, and the immense labour which without it they did undergo in their pristine elucubrations.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • But since it is a necessity, from which never any age by-past hath been exempted, and unto which they which be, and so many as are to come, are thralled (no consequent of life being more common and familiar), why shouldst thou with unprofitable and nought-availing stubbornness, oppose so inevitable and necessary a condition?

    A Book of English Prose Part II, Arranged for Secondary and High Schools

  • There are warmer handshakings on this night than during the by-past twelve months.

    Christmas Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse

  • It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honour, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of solving.

    The Custom-House. Introductory to “The Scarlet Letter”

  • Anglo-Saxondom, taking the lead of humanity, imitated the Catholic states of by-past days, and began to impose on other peoples its own ideas, as well as its practices and institutions, as the best fitted to awaken their dormant energies and contribute to the social reconstruction of the world.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

  • And there they are wi 'gun and pistol, dirk and dourlach, ready to disturb the peace o' the country whenever the laird likes; and that's the grievance of the Hielands, whilk are, and hae been for this thousand years by-past, a bike o 'the maist lawless unchristian limmers that ever disturbed a douce, quiet, God-fearing neighbourhood, like this o' ours in the west here. ''

    Rob Roy

  • A kind of humour is, in truth, one of the conditions of the just mental attitude, in the criticism of by-past stages of thought.

    Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

  • It is hard not to connect with these designs of the elder, by-past master, as with its germinal principle, the unfathomable smile, always with a touch of something sinister in it, which plays over all Leonardo's work.

    The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry

  • Think of them in their by-past history, tossed on Gennesaret, cowering with dread in their vessel!

    Memories of Bethany

  • Go back into the depths of a by-past eternity, before the world was; then and there, thine espousals were contracted: "I have loved thee with an everlasting love."

    The Faithful Promiser

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