Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Formerly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Formerly; of old time; aforetime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Formerly; aforetime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb archaic Formerly, previously.

Etymologies

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From before +‎ time.

Examples

  • So I say, I, Ounenk, fighter beforetime of beasts and men.

    THE SUNLANDERS

  • Bad luck, exciptin 'her, there was niver but one woman I loved, an' that woman had mated beforetime.

    CHAPTER 19

  • “Tell us about the beforetime,” the audience begs.

    Veracity

  • In the beforetime, they called us psychics or intuitives . . .

    Veracity

  • Those of you old enough to remember the beforetime are hereby charged with dispensing the truth to your fellow citizens.

    Veracity

  • For even the birds of Ares that haunted the desert isle beforetime, not even them did we find.

    The Argonautica

  • Yet none of the chieftains knew this; but far onward they sped starting from the Hyllean land, and they left behind all the islands that were beforetime thronged by the Colchians — the Liburnian isles, isle after isle, Issa, Dysceladus, and lovely Pityeia.

    The Argonautica

  • For in book i.chap. ix: 9, the historian remarks in a, parenthesis, “Beforetime, in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake: Come, and let us go to the seer; for he that is now called a prophet was beforetime called a seer.”

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • “The Horims dwelt also in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the Lord gave unto them.”

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish?

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

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