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past

adjective ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, back, defunct, departed, elapsed, expired, forgotten, former, gone, gone by, historical, irrecoverable, lapsed, last, late, lost, no longer functioning, obsolete, old, outmoded, over, passed, previous, prior, quondam, retired
Associated concepts: past consideration, past recollection

past

noun ancient times, antecedence, anteriority, history, former time, former times, long ago, past times, preexistence, previous time, previousness, the past, times past
See also: back, defunct, former, last, obsolete, old, outdated, outmoded, preceding, previous, prior
References in classic literature ?
Let us not sit with folded hands, gazing upon the past as if it were the building; it is but the foundation.
And Esther Dudley fancied that as soon as the wide door should be flung open, all the pomp and splendor of by-gone times would pace majestically into the Province House, and the gilded tapestry of the past would be brightened by the sunshine of the present.
He was already in a state of keen sensitiveness and hardly allayed agitation on the subject of ties in the past, and his presentiments were not agreeable.
In bourgeois society, therefore, the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past.
Can it be that we have stumbled upon a surviving city of the past which all Barsoom believes buried beneath the ages?
Through this same portal, within these very marble halls, had Gray and Chamberlin and Kitchener and Shaw, perhaps, come and gone with the other great ones of the past.
The outward changes wrought by the suffering and the terror of the past had fearfully, almost hopelessly, strengthened the fatal resemblance between Anne Catherick and herself.
At least it might have been thought that Anna would have confessed HER share in the past.
I have been in the past a realist, and I remain a realist as regards sensation, but not as regards memory or thought.
I knew the dangers and the pitfalls of John Barleycorn, the various ways by which he had tried to kill me in the past.
Minds that have been unhinged from their old faith and love, have perhaps sought this Lethean influence of exile, in which the past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.
Malbihn's boys had been no exception to the rule and as many of them had been with him at various times during the past ten years there was little about his acts and life in the African wilds that was not known directly or by hearsay to them all.