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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Definitions for quondam

  1. former; onetime: his quondam partner.

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Citations for quondam
I was not mistaken,--there was my quondam friend, my traitorous foe, sitting at his ease, leaning comfortably back in one chair, his feet put up on another. Marie Corelli, Vendetta!; or, The Story of One Forgotten, 1886
His subtle title refers not only to the fervor of the late nineteen-sixties but, more searchingly, to the ideological compromises that quondam radicals have made in the past few years. James Wood, "Notes from the Underground," The New Yorker, March 3, 2008
Origin of quondam
In Classical Latin quondam was a temporal adverb referring to the past "formerly, at one time”; the future “someday, one day”; or a timeless present “sometimes, at times.” In postclassical Latin the word developed an adjectival sense “former”; and Late Latin a noun sense “the former X.” The word entered English in the mid-1500s as a noun.