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"Paracelsus," so denominated, was one of Robert Browning's earlier poems.

Earlier in the evening there had been a Big Eating at Opata's, and now the men were dancing.

"You ought to have spoken of it earlier in the day," he went on slowly.

He thought of what Mrs. Bothwell had said earlier in the day.

Hinde had parted from them earlier that evening than he had intended or they had expected.

Earlier in the evening it would have seemed merely a selfish temptation.

The religious conceptions of an earlier and purer time have disappeared.

Constance would willingly have commenced the daily routine at an earlier hour.

But the earlier parts of the rake's progress are very natural and amusing.

As he walked up the deck, he saw there was one passenger who had been earlier than himself.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ærlic "early," from ær "soon, ere" (see ere) + -lice, adverbial suffix (see -ly (2)). Cf. Old Norse arliga "early." The early bird of the proverb is from 1670s. Related: Earlier; earliest.

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