- former; of times past: erstwhile friends.
- Archaic. formerly; erst.
Origin of erstwhile
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1. past, bygone, previous.
1. current, present.
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Examples from the Web for erstwhile
He cites the career of an erstwhile friend the film director M. Night Shyamalan.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
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With scarlet lips and chemical red hair, the erstwhile agent is still making headlines in the West.Ex-Spy Anna Chapman, From Russia Unloved
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For the moment, most offenders, and their erstwhile protectors, are being more careful.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
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But she quickly fell out with her erstwhile ally, who dismissed her government after a few months.Yulia Tymoshenko: She's No Angel
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But, on Monday, it was reported that the erstwhile Democrat was returning to his political roots.Parker Griffith Re-Rats
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He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.White Fang
It was pitiful to see the erstwhile Whittaker majority melt away.Cy Whittaker's Place
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Mr. Hungerford and his erstwhile chum did not speak to each other at all now.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
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That erstwhile habit of Sakr-el-Bahr's was one not easy to condone.The Sea-Hawk
Among them I recognized with a start my erstwhile guard, Holaf, of the Zervs.Valley of the Croen
- former; one-timemy erstwhile companions
- archaic long ago; formerly
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Word Origin and History for erstwhile
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