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Words to describe the past include various ways to describe time periods and impressions of the past. This can include descriptions of the past as it existed at the time and descriptions of the past as viewed from the present moment whereby it may feel distant, faded, nostalgic and ghostly. The following are words that can potentially be used to describe the past.
Age-old
Ancient
Antiquated
Archaic
Bittersweet
Bygone
Chaotic
Classical
Dazzling
Desolate
Discarded
Discolored
Distant past
Dreamy
Early days
Echoing
Edwardian
Evanescent
Evocative
Faded
Fading
Fearless
Fond
Forgotten
Fragmented
Ghostly
Glittering
Harkening
Haunting
Hazy
Heartfelt
Heartwrenching
Heroic
Historic
Historical
Legendary
Long ago
Longing
Lyrical
Majestic
Medieval
Melancholic
Memories
Middle Ages
Momentary
Monumental
Mournful
Mythical
Noble
Nostalgic
Obsolete
Old-fashioned
Opulent
Outdated
Painful
Poignant
Prehistoric
Primitive
Reflective
Regretful
Remnants
Reminiscent
Remote past
Renaissance
Resonant
Retro
Romantic
Saudade
Searing
Sentimental
Shadowy
Sorrowful
Sweet
Tattered
Tender
Time-honored
Touching
Traditional
Tragic
Transient
Triumphant
Tumultuous
Unstable
Vanishing
Victorian
Vintage
Warm
Wild
Wistful
Yearning
Saudade is a Portuguese word that is viewed as having no equivalent in English. It is described as a gentle sadness or love for things of the past or things that are absent.

Summary

Words to describe the past include descriptions of time periods, the character of your past and your feelings about it. This may evoke imagery that depicts the distance and inaccessibility of the past.
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