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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VI. Time
2. Relative Time
1. Time with reference to Succession

122. [Retrospective Time.] Preterition.

   NOUN:PRETERITION; priority [See Priority]; the past, past time; heretofore [rare]; days of yore, days of old, days past, days gone by; times of yore, times of old, times past, times gone by; bygone days; old times, ancient times, former times; foretime [rare]; yesterday, the olden time, good old time; langsyne; eld [obs. or poetic].
  ANTIQUITY, antiqueness, ancientness, status quo [L.]; time immemorial, distance of time; history, remote age, remote time; remote past; rust of antiquity.
  paleontology, paleography, paleology; palætiology, archæology; archaism, antiquarianism, medievalism, Pre-Raphaelitism.
  RETROSPECTION, looking back; memory [See Memory].
  ANTIQUARY, antiquarian; paleologist, archæologist &c.; Oldbuck, Dryasdust; laudator temporis acti [L.]; medievalist, Pre-Raphaelite.
  ANCESTRY (paternity) [See Paternity].
   VERB:BE PAST &c. adj.; have expired &c. adj., have run its course, have had its day; pass; pass by, pass away, pass off; go by, go away, go off; lapse, blow over.
  LOOK BACK, trace back, cast the eyes back; exhume.
   ADJECTIVE:PAST, gone, gone by, over, passed away, bygone, foregone [archaic]; elapsed, lapsed, preterlapsed [rare], expired, no more, run out, blown over, that has been, bypast, agone [archaic], whilom [archaic], extinct, never to return, exploded, forgotten, irrecoverable; obsolete (old) [See Oldness].
  FORMER, pristine, quondam, ci-devant [F.], late; ancestral.
  FOREGOING; last, latter; recent, overnight, preterit or preterite, past, pluperfect, past perfect.
  LOOKING BACK &c. v.; retrospective, retroactive; archæological &c. n.
   ADVERB:FORMERLY; of old, of yore; erst [archaic or poetic], erstwhile [archaic], whilom [archaic], erewhile [archaic], time was, ago, over; in the olden time &c. n.; anciently, long ago, long since; a long while ago, a long time ago; years ago, ages ago; some time ago, some time since, some time back.
  yesterday, the day before yesterday; last year, last season, last month &c.; ultimo [L.]; lately (newly) [See Newness].
  RETROSPECTIVELY; ere now, before now, till now; hitherto, heretofore; no longer; once, once upon a time; from time immemorial; in the memory of man; time out of mind; already, yet, up to this time; ex post facto [L.].
  1. Time was.
  2. The time has been, the time hath been
  3. Fuimus Troës.—Vergil
  4. Fuit Ilium.—Vergil
  5. Hoc erat in more majorum.
  6. O call back yesterday, bid time return.—Richard II
  7. Tempi passati.
  8. The eternal landscape of the past.—Tennyson
  9. Ultimus Romanorum
  10. What’s past is prologue.—Tempest
  11. Whose yesterdays look backward with a smile.—Young
  12. The old days were great because the men who lived in them had mighty qualities.—Roosevelt