Pret·er·it a. [Written also preterite and præterite.]
1. Gram. Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an action or state as past.
2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by. [R.]
Things and persons as thoroughly preterite as Romulus or Numa. --Lowell.
Pret·er·it, n. Gram. The preterit; also, a word in the preterit tense.
n : a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense [syn: