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[uh-fawr-tahym, uh-fohr-] /əˈfɔrˌtaɪm, əˈfoʊr-/
in time past; in a former time; previously.
former; previous.
Origin of aforetime
First recorded in 1525-35; afore + time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But that, look you, landeth us on the self place where we were at aforetime: who be they that believe?

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • aforetime when the Tecuyas came against us, they were as our brothers.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • Wherefore have I said unto you aforetime, 'I came not to call the righteous.'

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

    The Iliad Homer
  • For your will is probably no stronger now than it was aforetime.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • But we on whom He has had it aforetime, how unbelieving and hopeless we are apt to be!

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • I believe we were aforetime the best noted ‘heretics’ in all Colchester.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • He was alert and enthusiastic now, where aforetime he was passive and plucky.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • And she answered, as she had aforetime,—‘I would He would come!’

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • For how little hath happed that ever I looked for aforetime!

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
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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