- before the present time; formerly.
Origin of erst
Examples from the Web for erst
Historical Examples of erst
The Master said, Erst the cold days show how fir and cypress are last to fade.The Sayings Of Confucius
It was thus my cousin Surrey's life was saved that was erst a weakling.'Privy Seal
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The phrase is confined to AR and its group; elsewhere at erst is used.
Who shall say that hallelujahs shall not yet tremble on the lips where erst were curses?Rose Clark
And the child lulled the parent, as the parent had erst lulled the child.Shirley
- long ago; formerly
- at first