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aforetime

[uh-fawr-tahym, uh-fohr-] /əˈfɔrˌtaɪm, əˈfoʊr-/
adverb
1.
in time past; in a former time; previously.
adjective
2.
former; previous.
Origin of aforetime
1525-1535
1525-35; afore + time
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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

aforetime

/əˈfɔːˌtaɪm/
adverb
1.
(archaic) formerly
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Word Origin and History for aforetime
adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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