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[uh-fawr-tahym, uh-fohr-]
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  1. in time past; in a former time; previously.
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  1. former; previous.
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Origin of aforetime

First recorded in 1525–35; afore + time
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Related Words

previously, ahead, since, back, sooner, heretofore, already, earlier, once, erstwhile, ante, ere, fore, former, formerly, forward, gone, past, previous, afore

Examples from the Web for aforetime

Historical Examples

  • 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.

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

    Mental Efficiency

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for aforetime


  1. archaic formerly
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Word Origin and History for aforetime


early 15c., "before the present, in the past," from afore + time (n.).

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