immemorial


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im·me·mo·ri·al

 (ĭm′ə-môr′ē-əl)
adj.
Reaching beyond the limits of memory, tradition, or recorded history.

[Medieval Latin immemoriālis : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin memoriālis, memorial; see memorial.]

im′me·mo′ri·al·ly adv.

immemorial

(ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl)
adj
originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
[C17: from Medieval Latin immemoriālis, from Latin im- (not) + memoria memory]
ˌimmeˈmorially adv

im•me•mo•ri•al

(ˌɪm əˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr-)

adj.
extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin]
im`me•mo′ri•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.immemorial - long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history; "time immemorial"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"

immemorial

adjective age-old, ancient, long-standing, traditional, fixed, rooted, archaic, time-honoured, of yore, olden (archaic) a modern version of an immemorial myth

immemorial

adjective
Long past:
Translations

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl] ADJinmemorial, inmemorable
from time immemorialdesde tiempo(s) inmemorial(es)

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːriəl] adj
since time immemorial (= for a very long time) → depuis des temps immémoriaux
from time immemorial → depuis des temps immémoriaux
(literary) (= ancient) → immémorial(e)

immemorial

adjuralt; from time immemorialseit undenklichen Zeiten, seit Urzeiten

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl] adjremotissimo/a
from time immemorial → da tempo immemorabile
References in classic literature ?
She lent herself to immemorial human attitudes which we recognize by instinct as universal and true.
His person was now protected by immemorial and sacred usage, until the tribe in council had deliberated and determined on his fate.
They may love other individuals far better than their relatives,--they may even cherish dislike, or positive hatred, to the latter; but yet, in view of death, the strong prejudice of propinquity revives, and impels the testator to send down his estate in the line marked out by custom so immemorial that it looks like nature.
It had been her habit, from an almost immemorial date, to go about the country as a kind of voluntary nurse, and doing whatever miscellaneous good she might; taking upon herself, likewise, to give advice in all matters, especially those of the heart, by which means -- as a person of such propensities inevitably must -- she gained from many people the reverence due to an angel, but, I should imagine, was looked upon by others as an intruder and a nuisance.
Grace being said, -- for those people have their grace as well as we --though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such times look downwards to our platters, they, on the contrary, copying the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts --Grace, I say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage circulates.
Immemorial to all his order, this investiture alone will adequately protect him, while employed in the peculiar functions of his office.
This is a great tract of a hundred thousand acres, which from time immemorial has been a hunting preserve of the nobility.
In vain the doors of the upper entry had been locked; the ghost either carried a duplicate key in its pocket, or availed itself of a ghost's immemorial privilege of coming through the keyhole, and promenaded as before, with a freedom that was alarming.
The servants said they would follow the fashion, a fashion grown sacred through immemorial observ- ance; they would scatter fresh rushes in all the rooms and halls, and then the evidence of the aristocratic visitation would be no longer visible.
According to the immemorial usage of waiters in all ages.
For Rosalind was no victim of the monster man, as you may have supposed her, no illustration of his immemorial perfidies.
I said secretly, because the Fairy had warned the Queen that the King was a magician; and as from time immemorial there had been a standing feud between the Fairies and the Wizards, he might not have approved of his wife's visit.