long ago

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Synonyms for long ago

of the distant or comparatively distant past

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Whatever I might have been to her, or she to me, if I had been more worthy of her long ago, I was not now, and she was not.
I should have had to be carrying David long ago and resting on every seat like old Mr.
As concerned her own individual existence, she had long ago decided in the negative, and dismissed the point as settled.
My dear Mrs Finching,' urged Clennam--'all so long ago and so long concluded, is it worth while seriously to--'
And how long ago is it since you said the very contrary?
Meantime, little Alice was already asleep; so Grandfather, being much pleased with such an attentive audience, began to talk about matters that happened long ago.
KEESH lived long ago on the rim of the polar sea, was head man of his village through many and prosperous years, and died full of honors with his name on the lips of men.
There's nothing else much to be fond on, for my furnitur' went long ago.
About this time there went a rumor throughout the valley, that the great man, foretold from ages long ago, who was to bear a resemblance to the Great Stone Face, had appeared at last.
No; hatred had vanished long ago, and she had almost as long been ashamed of ever feeling a dislike against him, that could be so called.
That newspaper paragraph he had read so long ago had been true, after all.
How can we elevate our history of retribution for the sin of long ago, when, as one of our most prominent figures, we are compelled to introduce--not a young and lovely woman, nor even the stately remains of beauty, storm-shattered by affliction--but a gaunt, sallow, rusty-jointed maiden, in a long-waisted silk gown, and with the strange horror of a turban on her head
My dream personality lived in the long ago, before ever man, as we know him, came to be; and my other and wake-a-day personality projected itself, to the extent of the knowledge of man's existence, into the substance of my dreams.
Let us close the flower-leaves around him and leave him here to starve," cried one, who had not yet forgotten all the sorrow Thistle had caused them long ago.
Whenever her chill and withered heart desired warmth, she was wont to summon a black slave of Governor Shirley's from the blurred mirror, and send him in search of guests who had long ago been familiar in those deserted chambers.