Past gone-by since as 10 years ago gone sometime ago
- gone-by; or in the last
- Past; gone-by; since; as, 10 years ago; gone sometime ago.
early 14c., reduced kind of Old English agan, agone "departed, died," past participle of an obsolete verb ago "to go forth," formed from a- "away" (maybe right here utilized as an intensive prefix) + gan "go" (see go (v.)). Agone remains a dialectal variant.
(a. & adv.) Last; gone by; because; because, ten years ago; gone long ago.
Whether you are rich or poor, live in the developed world or the developing world, life today is better and easier than it was a century ago by virtually any measure.