Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets 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.
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].
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.
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.
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.].
The time has been, the time hath been
Hoc erat in more majorum.
O call back yesterday, bid time return.Richard II
The eternal landscape of the past.Tennyson
Whats past is prologue.Tempest
Whose yesterdays look backward with a smile.Young
The old days were great because the men who lived in them had mighty qualities.Roosevelt