erstwhile

[ urst-hwahyl, -wahyl ]SEE DEFINITION OF erstwhile
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ERSTWHILE

He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.

It was pitiful to see the erstwhile Whittaker majority melt away.

Mr. Hungerford and his erstwhile chum did not speak to each other at all now.

That erstwhile habit of Sakr-el-Bahr's was one not easy to condone.

Among them I recognized with a start my erstwhile guard, Holaf, of the Zervs.

With blurred eyes, the erstwhile Willa Murdaugh turned to her informant.

For there is no poverty like the tyranny of that which sits on the erstwhile throne of plenty.

The pretty lips, erstwhile so prone to laughter, are now too serious by far.

The erstwhile silent ship was filled with tumult and clamor.

Mr. Crow was dimly conscious of a mishap to his erstwhile captor.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle English erest "soonest, earliest," from Old English ærest, superlative of ær (see ere) + while. As an adjective from 1903. Cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German erist, German erst.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ERSTWHILE

bygone

adjectivein the past
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