extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.
- im·me·mo·ri·al·ly, adverb
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How to use immemorial in a sentence
“We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced occupation of their territory,” the statement goes on to say, “and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous people connected to this land on which we gather from time immemorial.”
People have, of course, been sleeping outdoors since time immemorial.A New Book Explores the Fascinating History of Camping | Erin Berger | June 7, 2021 | Outside Online
The history of open memorials is perhaps best seen in spontaneous gestures of grief that are immemorial.What should a coronavirus memorial look like? This powerful statement on gun violence offers a model. | Philip Kennicott | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
We’ve got many, many Indigenous peoples and cultures who have lived here, as they say, since time immemorial.‘I...really struggled through this one’: A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas | Darryl Fears | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Lee was apparently unaware that the nominee’s Pueblo relatives are among the tribes that consider Bears Ears a sacred place, tracing their connections to the land to time immemorial.
As Larkin would no doubt expect, the history of dubious royal parenting steps back to time immemorial.
Ah yes, the threat wielded against the deliberately childless since time immemorial: Conform or you will regret it!
Know that the world honors in and through you the builders of a country that is both immemorial and fragile, always under threat.Bernard-Henri Lévy: André Malraux’s Bangladesh, Before the Radicals | Bernard-Henri Lévy | April 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These are the same tactics that management has used since time immemorial.
And we have done so in a ritual that is ageless and tribal from time immemorial.
The tobacco plant seems to have been cultivated in Mexico from time immemorial.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He permitted a plurality of wives, conforming in this point to the immemorial usage of the orientals.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Mrs. Jordan delivered herself of various immemorial sentiments which met the usual applause.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
Hence the apron, which is a Masonic emblem, has from time immemorial been the covering of shame.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
She wrote one charming book after another, at astonishingly short intervals, with every appearance of immemorial ease.The Creators | May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for immemorial
originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
- immemorially, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with immemorial
see time immemorial.
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