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synonyms for former

  • departed
  • erstwhile
  • old
  • above
  • ancient
  • antecedent
  • anterior
  • bygone
  • first
  • past
  • prior
  • aforementioned
  • aforesaid
  • earlier
  • ex-
  • foregoing
  • late
  • long ago
  • long gone
  • of yore
  • once
  • one-time
  • preceding
  • quondam
  • sometime
  • whilom
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antonyms for former

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  • after
  • modern
  • new
  • current
  • ensuing
  • following
  • future
  • present
  • prospective
  • subsequent
  • succeeding
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How to use former in a sentence

Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is uninstructive; without the latter, it is deceptive.
PEARLS OF THOUGHTMATURIN M. BALLOU
The enemy were pursued and annoyed by a few hundred of the citizens under Wooster and Arnold; the former was killed.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES AND BUDGET OF FUN;VARIOUS
My husband detests them; on the contrary, I like those carriages, for they tell me of happy—I mean to say, of former times.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
There seemed the flavour of some strange authority in her that baffled all approach to the former intimacy.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
It had come into the family through the marriage of a former earl with the heiress of the great Chudleigh family.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
The former, in its frozen state, somewhat resembled hard butter.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
Here were the sources (in part) of the Po and of the Rhine, but I was rather in haste to bid the former good-bye.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
The artist, though emphasizing the latter, can scarcely achieve power in this without also attaining the former.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
A border feud at Reedsquair, between the English and Scottish marchmen, in which the former were completely beaten.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
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WORDS RELATED TO FORMER

  • anterior
  • earlier
  • foregoing
  • former
  • past
  • precedent
  • preceding
  • precursory
  • preliminary
  • previous
  • asleep
  • cold
  • defunct
  • departed
  • exanimate
  • expired
  • extinct
  • finished
  • former
  • gave up the ghost
  • gone
  • inanimate
  • late
  • lifeless
  • lost
  • passed on
  • pushing up daisies
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