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[thith-er-too, th ith-, thith-er-too, th ith-]
  1. up to that time; until then.
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Origin of thitherto

First recorded in 1400–50, thitherto is from the late Middle English word thidir to. See thither, to
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Examples from the Web for thitherto

Historical Examples

  • Thitherto he had been able to devote a large portion of the time not given to official duties to his friend.

    The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)

    Alexander Wheelock Thayer

  • Six years later the 2d was to receive the much-desired number which had thitherto belonged to the 1st.

  • Josiah had to stand the hectoring and nagging that thitherto had been distributed among many.

British Dictionary definitions for thitherto


  1. obsolete, or formal until that time
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