Hindsight vs Retrospect what difference

what is difference between Hindsight and Retrospect

English

Etymology

From hind +‎ sight. Etymologically almost the exact Germanic equivalent to the Latin-derived retro (back) + spect (look).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaɪndsaɪt/

Noun

hindsight (countable and uncountable, plural hindsights)

  1. Realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred
    • When you read “Seven Little Rabbits” at age 6 and read it again 15 years later, the hindsight you’ve developed in the time between will make you look at and think of the book very differently!
  2. (rare) The rear sight of a firearm

Antonyms

  • foresight

Hypernyms

  • sight

Derived terms

  • hindsightly
  • twenty-twenty hindsight

Translations

See also

  • hindlook
  • retrospect


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin retrōspectum, from retrōspicio (to look back at), equivalent to retro- +‎ -spect Compare review.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛtɹoˌspɛkt/

Noun

retrospect (plural retrospects)

  1. Consideration of past times.
    • 1853, Charlotte Bronte, “Villette”:
      My mind, calmer and stronger now than last night, made for itself some imperious rules, prohibiting under deadly penalties all weak retrospect of happiness past; commanding a patient journeying through the wilderness of the present…
    • 1976, Terry Kay, The Year the Lights Came On, 1989 University of Georgia Press edition, →ISBN, page 298:
      Whether, like Colin, in retrospect Willie Lee and Baptist would feel that what has vanished was greater than what was achieved, is not something we can predict.
    Antonym: prospect

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

retrospect (third-person singular simple present retrospects, present participle retrospecting, simple past and past participle retrospected)

  1. To look or refer back to; to reflect on.
    • 1800: Alexander Hamilton, Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States – To give a correct idea of the circumstances.., it may be useful to retrospect to an early period.

See also

  • hindsight
  • review

Anagrams

  • protecters, reprotects

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