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[bih-fawr-tahym, -fohr-] /bɪˈfɔrˌtaɪm, -ˈfoʊr-/
adverb, Archaic.
Origin of beforetime
1250-1300; Middle English bifor time. See before, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Would you have believed that I was bribed, my prince, had it not chanced that you had heard of the sword from me beforetime?

    King Olaf's Kinsman Charles Whistler
  • He now takes his place in the Council, beforetime denied him.

  • We surmised that he found encouragement in this house, and had beforetime listened to thy childish and unreasoning folly.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • beforetime, to serve the king was to serve the Clan of the Priests, from which he had been chosen, and whose head he constituted.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It was said beforetime that if a sword be the death of five score of men, it comes to be possessed of a lust for slaying.

    The Thirsty Sword Robert Leighton
  • The words now and beforetime denote too long an interval to allow room for such a supposition.

    The Bible: what it is Charles Bradlaugh
  • There I believe thy mind maybe made whole again, and that it may be with thee as it was beforetime.

  • One or two friends whose professions had beforetime been profuse, Eleanor met.

  • I knew that where beforetime he was wont to have forty great sails, at the least, in his ports, now he hath not past six or seven.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • Sir Richard Granville's mizzen-mast, which had beforetime been sorely hacked and splintered, fell with a crash.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for beforetime


(archaic) formerly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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