- in time past; in a former time; previously.
- former; previous.
Origin of aforetime
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Related Wordspreviously, 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
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
Wherefore have I said unto you aforetime, 'I came not to call the righteous.'Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries
And you too, O Priam, I have heard that you were aforetime happy.The Iliad
For your will is probably no stronger now than it was aforetime.Mental Efficiency
- archaic formerly
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Word Origin and History for aforetime
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