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retrospective as in:  a photographic retrospective

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  • They released a retrospective CD of her work.
  • She'd seen a retrospective of his work and decided he was hugely overrated.   (source)
    retrospective = an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
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retrospective as in:  a retrospective study

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  • The retrospective ruling is unfair. Laws should not take effect until they are passed.
    retrospective = taking effect in the past
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  • On this late night, not only was my radio working but the station was also hosting a retrospective on the music of Sly and the Family Stone.†   (source)
  • Lately, however, his sensibilities had become more retrospective, replacing the gadgetry with walnut dashes and leather upholstery.†   (source)
  • We watched a spaghetti-western retrospective there last month.†   (source)
  • And maybe it was stranger still, odder than the years between meetings, that I was able to see her retrospectively.†   (source)
  • An oldies station was doing what they kept calling a Major Monkees Retrospective.†   (source)
  • Gasping furiously for air, Clevinger enumerated Yossarian's symptoms: an unreasonable belief that everybody around him was crazy, a homicidal impulse to machine-gun strangers, retrospective falsification, an unfounded suspicion that people hated him and were conspiring to kill him.†   (source)
  • You see, we both either get out of here alive, or we disappear, our mortal remains consigned to a Chinese fire, no past, no present — certainly no retrospective regarding our sub-zero contributions to society ...I see I'm boring you.†   (source)
  • I saw in a store once some German posters for retrospective festivals of her work.†   (source)
  • It left one a trifle uneasy, and retrospective ....Sophie woke up a few minutes later.†   (source)
  • It was a retrospective.†   (source)
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  • When he heard about the retrospective, he offered.†   (source)
  • Staying here is possibly a silly thing to do, too retrospective.†   (source)
  • I find it improbable, and ominous: first the retrospective, then the morgue.†   (source)
  • Listen, you know how hard it is to get a retrospective anywhere, if you're female?†   (source)
  • They run old footage of John Kwang from various points during his career, almost a retrospective as though he has died, and as the reporter conjectures on what effect this accident will have on his council seat they splice in frames of the salon room where we sat, the interior of his sedan, the spidery crack on her side of the windshield.†   (source)
  • If they were to be killed, it would make a lot of people fed uneasy and uncertain about the authorities — much the same way as a retrospective law does.†   (source)
  • They recapture some of the fugitives, they shackle and march them in somber lockstep, in tired mindless versions of the stage routines, and Klara saw it retrospectively, how the Rockettes had prefigured this, only it wasn't funny anymore, and they bare the faces of those who are still hooded, and the shots begin to engage a rhythm, long shot and close-up, landscape and face, waves of hypnotic repetition, and the music describes a kind of destiny, a brutish fate that bass-drums down the decades.†   (source)
  • I scan the first paragraph: "Eminent artist Elaine Risley returns to hometown Toronto this week for a long-overdue retrospective."†   (source)
  • I'm having a retrospective, my first.†   (source)
  • I ought to be pleased by this retrospective, but my feelings are mixed; I don't like admitting I'm old enough and established enough to have such a thing, even at an alternative gallery run by a bunch of women.†   (source)
  • There was nothing soft, feminine, mournful and retrospective in her voice.†   (source)
  • Nor did he sigh retrospectively, when he viewed the equally pleasant, but not wholly satisfying vista of the past decade.†   (source)
  • Retrospectively, he was rather green in the Commissioner's lifetime, and some ways, for his years, unformed.†   (source)
  • It is easy, retrospectively, to endow one's youth with a false precocity or a false innocence; to tamper with the dates marking one's stature on the edge of the door.†   (source)
  • But when I look back, retrospectively as it were—you know what I mean?†   (source)
  • Mr. Jaggers nodded his head retrospectively two or three times, and actually drew a sigh.†   (source)
  • 'Two parties, of course!' said Mr. Omer, nodding his head retrospectively.†   (source)
  • These retrospective visions of Sue only made Jude the more miserable that he was unable to woo her, and he left the cottage of his aunt that day with a heavy heart.†   (source)
  • This view of the Gryce incident chimed too well with Selden's mood not to be instantly adopted by him, with a flash of retrospective contempt for what had once seemed the obvious solution.†   (source)
  • He seemed retrospective for a moment, unaware of the trader's keen and sympathetic glance, and then he caught himself.†   (source)
  • Never had he supposed it to have been so recent an affair, hidden from his eyes that had been too innocent to discern it, not in a past which he had never known, but in evenings which he so well remembered, which he had lived through with Odette, of which he had supposed himself to have such an intimate, such an exhaustive knowledge, and which now assumed, retrospectively, an aspect of cunning and deceit and cruelty.†   (source)
  • Wherein, then, lay the resemblance that made the young man's heart beat with a kind of retrospective excitement?†   (source)
  • As Miss Bart reached the avenue, however, she saw a smart phaeton with a high-stepping pair disappear behind the shrubbery in the direction of the gate; and on the doorstep stood Mrs. Gormer, with a glow of retrospective pleasure on her open countenance.†   (source)
  • But he was so shy in approaching her that, after this evening which had begun by his arranging her cattleyas and had ended in her complete surrender, whether from fear of chilling her, or from reluctance to appear, even retrospectively, to have lied, or perhaps because he lacked the audacity to formulate a more urgent requirement than this (which could always be repeated, since it had not annoyed her on the first occasion), he resorted to the same pretext on the following days.†   (source)
  • And when he reached his lodging he found a note from her—a first note—one of those documents which, simple and commonplace in themselves, are seen retrospectively to have been pregnant with impassioned consequences.†   (source)
  • As the different changes and chances that bring us into the company of certain other people in this life do not coincide with the periods in which we are in love with those people, but, overlapping them, may occur before love has begun, and may be repeated after love is ended, the earliest appearances, in our life, of a creature who is destined to afford us pleasure later on, assume retrospectively in our eyes a certain value as an indication, a warning, a presage.†   (source)
  • She had a special memory for the vicissitudes of the "new people" who rose to the surface with each recurring tide, and were either submerged beneath its rush or landed triumphantly beyond the reach of envious breakers; and she was apt to display a remarkable retrospective insight into their ultimate fate, so that, when they had fulfilled their destiny, she was almost always able to say to Grace Stepney—the recipient of her prophecies—that she had known exactly what would happen.†   (source)
  • He had been led on by pure enthusiasm in his subject, and had really forgotten what bearing this retrospective survey had on his listener.†   (source)
  • Superstition was with me at that moment; but it was not yet her hour for complete victory: my blood was still warm; the mood of the revolted slave was still bracing me with its bitter vigour; I had to stem a rapid rush of retrospective thought before I quailed to the dismal present.†   (source)
  • Mrs Nickleby having fallen imperceptibly into one of her retrospective moods, improved in temper from that moment, and glided, by an easy change of the conversation occasionally, into various other anecdotes, no less remarkable for their strict application to the subject in hand.†   (source)
  • Yes, as before I had prospectively assumed that Bartleby would depart, so now I might retrospectively assume that departed he was.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Plymdale's maternal view was, that Rosamond might possibly now have retrospective glimpses of her own folly; and feeling the advantages to be at present all on the side of her son, was too kind a woman not to behave graciously.†   (source)
  • "Poor thing, poor thing!" said Martin the younger, who was sorry to have provoked this retrospective harshness.†   (source)
  • "It-can't-be," muttered Sydney Carton, retrospectively, and idling his glass (which fortunately was a small one) again.†   (source)
  • Mr. Bumble put down his hat; unbuttoned his coat; folded his arms; inclined his head in a retrospective manner; and, after a few moments' reflection, commenced his story.†   (source)
  • Then, as she remained silent, and seemed to be losing herself in retrospective meditation upon her perfect respectability, he ventured upon a short cut to his goal.†   (source)
  • The opportunities of the highways presented themselves with singular force of temptation; he thought seriously of insurrection in Galilee; even the sea, ordinarily a retrospective horror to him, stretched itself map-like before his fancy, laced and interlaced with lines of passage crowded with imperial plunder and imperial travellers; but the better judgment matured in calmer hours was happily too firmly fixed to be supplanted by present passion however strong.†   (source)
  • In this retrospective chapter I shall be succinct, for I shall take care to remind the reader very summarily of what he already knows; and I shall only select the most prominent of those facts which I have not yet pointed out.†   (source)
  • Every thinker is retrospective.†   (source)
  • As he quitted the room, Elizabeth felt how improbable it was that they should ever see each other again on such terms of cordiality as had marked their several meetings in Derbyshire; and as she threw a retrospective glance over the whole of their acquaintance, so full of contradictions and varieties, sighed at the perverseness of those feelings which would now have promoted its continuance, and would formerly have rejoiced in its termination.†   (source)
  • While the wedding was in preparation, and while awaiting the date fixed upon, he caused difficult and scrupulous retrospective researches to be made.†   (source)
  • While speaking, Mrs Plornish shook her head, and wiped her eyes, and looked retrospectively about the room.†   (source)
  • Mr Squeers indulged in a retrospective look, for some quarter of a minute, as if this allusion to his lady's excellences had naturally led his mind to the peaceful village of Dotheboys near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire; and then looked at Ralph, as if waiting for him to say something.†   (source)
  • Tortuous, cracked, unpaved, full of fissures, intersected by gullies, jolted by eccentric elbows, mounting and descending illogically, fetid, wild, fierce, submerged in obscurity, with cicatrices on its pavements and scars on its walls, terrible,—such was, retrospectively viewed, the antique sewer of Paris.†   (source)
  • The shrinking of her auditress stopped her for a moment in her flow of words, delivered in a retrospective gloomy voice.†   (source)
  • There, as in a retrospective arrangement, a mirror within a mirror (hey, presto!)†   (source)
  • Looking back now in a retrospective kind of arrangement all seemed a kind of dream.†   (source)
  • When you look back on it all now in a kind of retrospective arrangement.†   (source)
  • And the retrospective arrangement.†   (source)
  • Do you remember, harking back in a retrospective arrangement, Old Christmas night, Georgina Simpson's housewarming while they were playing the Irving Bishop game, finding the pin blindfold and thoughtreading?†   (source)
  • While Goulding talked of Barraclough's voice production, while Tom Kernan, harking back in a retrospective sort of arrangement talked to listening Father Cowley, who played a voluntary, who nodded as he played.†   (source)
  • Rudolph Bloom (deceased) narrated to his son Leopold Bloom (aged 6) a retrospective arrangement of migrations and settlements in and between Dublin, London, Florence, Milan, Vienna, Budapest, Szombathely with statements of satisfaction (his grandfather having seen Maria Theresia, empress of Austria, queen of Hungary), with commercial advice (having taken care of pence, the pounds having taken care of themselves).†   (source)
  • Ashes of Soldiers
    Ashes of soldiers South or North,
    As I muse retrospective murmuring a chant in thought,
    The war resumes, again to my sense your shapes,
    And again the advance of the armies.†   (source)
  • With firm and regular step they wend, they never stop,
    Successions of men, Americanos, a hundred millions,
    One generation playing its part and passing on,
    Another generation playing its part and passing on in its turn,
    With faces turn'd sideways or backward towards me to listen,
    With eyes retrospective towards me.†   (source)
  • After the cycles, poems, singers, plays,
    Vaunted Ionia's, India's—Homer, Shakspere—the long, long times'
    thick dotted roads, areas,
    The shining clusters and the Milky Ways of stars—Nature's pulses reap'd,
    All retrospective passions, heroes, war, love, adoration,
    All ages' plummets dropt to their utmost depths,
    All human lives, throats, wishes, brains—all experiences' utterance;
    After the countless songs, or long or short, all tongues, all lands,
    Still something not yet told in poesy's voice or print—something lacking,
    (Who knows?†   (source)
  • Turn O Libertad
    Turn O Libertad, for the war is over,
    From it and all henceforth expanding, doubting no more, resolute,
    sweeping the world,
    Turn from lands retrospective recording proofs of the past,
    From the singers that sing the trailing glories of the past,
    From the chants of the feudal world, the triumphs of kings, slavery, caste,
    Turn to the world, the triumphs reserv'd and to come—give up that
    backward world,
    Leave to the singers of hitherto, give them the trailing past,
    But what remains remain†   (source)
  • help, all years, all lands
    For braver, stronger, more devoted men—(a special laurel ere I go,
    to life's war's chosen ones,
    The cannoneers of song and thought—the great artillerists—the
    foremost leaders, captains of the soul:)
    As soldier from an ended war return'd—As traveler out of myriads,
    to the long procession retrospective,
    Thanks—joyful thanks!†   (source)
  • I would bind in words retrospective some of your deeds and signs,
    I would sing your contest for the 19th Presidentiad,
    I would sing how an old man, tall, with white hair, mounted the
    scaffold in Virginia,
    (I was at hand, silent I stood with teeth shut close, I watch'd,
    I stood very near you old man when cool and indifferent, but trembling
    with age and your unheal'†   (source)
  • Had every State a right to regulate the value of its coin, there might be as many different currencies as States, and thus the intercourse among them would be impeded; retrospective alterations in its value might be made, and thus the citizens of other States be injured, and animosities be kindled among the States themselves.†   (source)
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