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[bih-fawr-tahym, -fohr-] /bɪˈfɔrˌtaɪm, -ˈfoʊr-/
adverb, Archaic.
Origin of beforetime
First recorded in 1250-1300, beforetime is from the Middle English word bifor time. See before, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He now takes his place in the Council, beforetime denied him.

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

    The Bible: what it is Charles Bradlaugh
  • One or two friends whose professions had beforetime been profuse, Eleanor met.

  • 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
  • There I believe thy mind maybe made whole again, and that it may be with thee as it was beforetime.

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

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for beforetime


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