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Thursday, December 18, 2014

beforetime

\bih-FAWR-tahym, -FOHR-\ , adverb;
1.
Archaic. formerly.
Quotes:
And as the thing thou seest thy face shall be, / And no more as the thing beforetime seen.
-- Algernon Charles Swinburne, "A Ballad of Burdens," Poems and Ballads, 1866
…he that is now called a Prophet, was beforetime called a Seer.
-- King James Bible, 1611
Origin:
Beforetime comes from the Middle English bifor time. It entered English in the late 1300s.
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