beforetime

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Etymology[edit]

From before +‎ time.

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Adverb[edit]

beforetime (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Formerly, previously.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts VIII:
      There was a certayne man called Simon, which beforetyme in the same cite, used witchecrafte and bewithched the people, sayinge that he was a man that coulde do greate thinges.
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, A Ballad of Burdens, lines 33-36
      Thou shalt see
      Gold tarnished, and the grey above the green
      And as the thing thou seest thy face shall be
      And no more as the thing beforetime seen.

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