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[uh-fawr-tahym, uh-fohr-] /əˈfɔrˌtaɪm, əˈfoʊr-/
in time past; in a former time; previously.
former; previous.
Origin of aforetime
1525-35; afore + time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sing now, as aforetime to Rameses, how, and of what should he sing?

  • And you too, O Priam, I have heard that you were aforetime happy.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Soon sand will cover what remains, and the salt bush will be supreme as aforetime.

  • He was alert and enthusiastic now, where aforetime he was passive and plucky.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • aforetime, in the wild land between Normandy and Bretaigne, there dwelt a mighty lord who was of much great fame.

  • And she answered, as she had aforetime,—‘I would He would come!’

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • There stood the grimy wagon shop from which a hammer was ringing cheerily, like the chirp of a cricket,—just as aforetime.

  • For how little hath happed that ever I looked for aforetime!

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • See thou to it; but from me shalt thou have but good even as hath been aforetime; so bewray me not.'

  • There cannot be anything in esse in Man that was not aforetime in posse in Nature.

    Of Walks and Walking Tours Arnold Haultain
British Dictionary definitions for aforetime


(archaic) formerly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aforetime

early 15c., "before the present, in the past," from afore + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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