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theretofore

[th air-tuh-fawr, -fohr]
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adverb
  1. before or until that time.

Origin of theretofore

First recorded in 1300–50, theretofore is from the Middle English word ther tofore. See there, heretofore
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  • Life's naked brutalities had theretofore been largely out of his ken.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Immediately, as if nothing but her eye had prevented it theretofore, the search was instituted.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • For Cleopatra, theretofore, had held her own against the best.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici

  • No, not quite that expression as it always had been theretofore, but a modified form of it.

    The Grain Of Dust

    David Graham Phillips

  • Theretofore, the Christians had been silent from discipline, now they were silent from wonder.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for theretofore

theretofore

adverb
  1. formal before that time; previous to that
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