ci-devant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French ci-devant.

Adjective[edit]

ci-devant (not comparable)

  1. Former, late; formerly.
    • 1952, Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part I: “The General”, chapter 1: ‘Search for Magicians’, page 10, ¶ 4
      The old patrician retreated noiselessly with a slow bow that was part of the ceremonious legacy left by a ci-devant aristocracy of the last century’s better days.
    • 2006, Marsha Keith Schuchard, Why Mrs Blake Cried, Pimlico 2007, p. 157:
      During art collecting tours in Italy, Townley worked with the eccentric scholar Baron d'Hancarville (ci-devant Pierre Françoise Hughes), a specialist in pornographic art [...].

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ci-devant

  1. formerly
  2. one-time

Related terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ci-devant m, f

  1. (historical, French Revolution) the former aristocrats

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