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pre·his·to·ry

 (prē-hĭs′tə-rē)
n. pl. pre·his·to·ries
1. History of humankind in the period before recorded history.
2. The circumstances or developments leading up to or surrounding an event or situation; background: "[He] then told me the curious prehistory of his obsessive interest in the seduction theory" (Janet Malcolm).

pre′his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
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prehistory

(priːˈhɪstərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Archaeology) the prehistoric period
2. (Archaeology) the study of this period, relying entirely on archaeological evidence
prehistorian n
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pre•his•to•ry

(priˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. human history in the period before recorded events, known mainly through archaeological discoveries, study, research, etc.
2. a history of the events or circumstances leading to something.
[1870–75]
pre`his•to′ri•an (-hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prehistory - the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written wordprehistory - the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
Bronze Age - (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Iron Age - (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons
Stone Age - (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
glacial epoch, glacial period, ice age - any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface; "the most recent ice age was during the Pleistocene"
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Translations
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prapovijestpretpovijest

prehistory

[ˈpriːˈhɪstərɪ] Nprehistoria f
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prehistory

[ˌpriːˈhɪstəri] npréhistoire fpre-industrial [ˌpriːɪnˈdʌstriəl] preindustrial (US) adjpréindustriel(le)
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prehistory

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prehistory

[ˌpriːˈhɪstrɪ] npreistoria
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References in periodicals archive ?
In grauer Vorzeit hat es vermutlich uber Valga zwischen den Flussen Pedeli und Gauja einen Weg gegeben, uber den Boote auf dem Trockenen geschleppt wurden und damit konnte der Name Valga zusammenhangen, wenn man in Anlehnung an Max Vasmer bei der etymologischen Ausleuchtung einen baltisch-slawischen Sprachkontext zugrundelegen wurde: lett.
He translated Goethe's drama Gotz von Berlichingen and adapted one of Veit Weber's prose Sagen der Vorzeit, Der heilige Vehme, as his first (unperformed) play, The House of Aspen (1799).
Die Musik nach dem Chaos: Der Schapfirngsmythos der europaischen Vorzeit. Inns- bruck: Institut far Sprachwissenschaft der Universitat Innsbruck.
Zurecht erinnert Vannini in diesem Kontext daran, dass der Eindruck, die Odyssee liefere das strukturelle Modell der Sat., vor allem aus der verzerrten Optik des Erzahlers herruhre, der sich bekanntlich nur allzu gerne mit den Heroen der Vorzeit identifiziert (S.
Weil sie der Autoritat einer gro[ss]en Gestalt aus der Vorzeit Israels unterstellt wurden, pflegt man die als Pseudepigraphen zu bezeichnen, als Schriften, deren eigentlicher Verfasser sich hinter einem fremden Namen verbirgt.