flashback

A flashback is a transition in a story to an earlier time, that interrupts the normal chronological order of events. A flashback in a movie might show what happened when a character was younger.

Flashbacks are often used for comedic effect, to prove or contradict something in the present. For example, if a character in a sitcom claims he does the dishes every single night, flashbacks could show him ignoring a giant pile of dirty dishes on various occasions. Flashback can also mean a sudden, vivid remembrance of past events, like having a flashback to your kindergarten days if you go visit that classroom today.

Definitions of flashback
  1. noun
    a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
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    Antonyms:
    flash-forward
    a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to a later event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
    type of:
    transition
    a passage that connects a topic to one that follows
  2. noun
    an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
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    type of:
    recurrence, return
    happening again (especially at regular intervals)
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