Is there any word to describe past glory? Mostly elders use this to grumble and complain about the present. Example:

"In those days, I used to run 4 miles daily. Now walking a quarter mile is a task."

"In our days people helped and took care of neighbors and relatives without much ado. Nowadays even taking care of your own parents has become a great sacrifice. Where the world is going!"

Maybe the splendor of the past is exaggerated. But the point is the past was wonderful, when the present is harsh. In such a situation, what is the word for the past splendor?


Halcyon comes to mind: see Merriam-Webster

1a : characterized by happiness, great success, and prosperity : golden —often used to describe an idyllic time in the past that is remembered as better than today the halcyon days of youth

Sample Usage: Economic Recovery: Lessons from the Post-World War II Period

The hardships of the previous fifteen years of war and depression were replaced by rising living standards, increased opportunities, and a newly emerging American culture confident of its future and place in the world. It is not surprising that politicians of all stripes harken back to those halcyon days to make a case for their agendas. (emphasis mine)

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    I think your answer could be strengthened by giving an example of how one would use it in a sentence. It's true that the OP should have included a sample sentence -- but it's not too late to do that, with your word in its appropriate place! – aparente001 Jun 2 '19 at 22:39

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