past times


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Noun1.past times - the time that has elapsedpast times - the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
yore - time long past
bygone, water under the bridge - past events to be put aside; "let bygones be bygones"
old - past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
history - the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history"
time immemorial, time out of mind - the distant past beyond memory
auld langsyne, good old days, langsyne, old times - past times remembered with nostalgia
yesterday - the recent past; "yesterday's solutions are not good enough"; "we shared many yesterdays"
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The worst of the literature of past times, before an ethical conscience began to inform it, or the advance of the race compelled it to decency, is that it leaves the mind foul with filthy images and base thoughts; but what I have been trying to say is that the boy, unless he is exceptionally depraved beforehand, is saved from these through his ignorance.
In past times when my wife plagued me; in present times when I have had a drop too much--ROBINSON CRUSOE.
Here, as in many another detail, we are reminded, of course, of the difference between our own and past times in mimic as in real life.
Know that you have here before you (open your eyes and you will see) that great knight of whom the sage Merlin has prophesied such great things; that Don Quixote of La Mancha I mean, who has again, and to better purpose than in past times, revived in these days knight-errantry, long since forgotten, and by whose intervention and aid it may be we shall be disenchanted; for great deeds are reserved for great men.
In the course of years they will gradually disappear; their songs will die away like the echoes they once awakened, and the Canadian voyageurs will become a forgotten race, or remembered, like their associates, the Indians, among the poetical images of past times, and as themes for local and romantic associations.
Laurence, so vivid was his conception of past times, would hardly have deemed it strange if its former occupants, one after another, had resumed the seat which they had each left vacant such a dim length of years ago.
Not of the family in the present times only, but in the past times too.
In past times, when the boy Horace had come to her from school, she had cherished a secret fancy (too absurd to be communicated to any living creature) that he ought to have been
To any Athenian gentleman--to the great Athenian statesmen of past times.
I have even seen them given as my reason for writing of a past time, and in that at least there is no truth.
Let us now look at the brighter side of the past time.
The poor soul found the tone, almost the look, that had been lost for so many years--the tone of the past time when the two girls had gone their different ways in the world.