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[French : ci, here + devant, before.]


(esp of an office-holder) former; recent
[literally: heretofore]



former: used esp. in reference to a retired officeholder.
[French. literally formerly]
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Were it worth the enquiry, it would be found that more than a just proportion of the renowned names of the mother- country are, at this hour, to be found in her ci-devant colonies; and it is a fact well known to the few who have wasted sufficient time to become the masters of so unimportant a subject, that the direct descendants of many a failing line, which the policy of England has seen fit to sustain by collateral supporters, are now discharging the simple duties of citizens in the bosom of this republic.
Ce coup de gueule du ci-devant gouverneur de la BCT semble etre le dernier.
Des efforts sont certes louables, mais la corruption dans le secteur energetique continue de faire polemique notamment avec l'insistance des deputes de l'ANC a questionner Mehdi Jom, ci-devant ministre de l'Industrie dans le gouvernement d'Ali Lreydh, au sujet d' [beaucoup moins que] affaires de depassements [beaucoup plus grand que].
4) << Monsieur l'Orateur, j'ai recu de Son Excellence le Gouverneur general un message de sa ci-devant Majeste, le roi Edouard VIII, en date du 10 decembre 1936, et l'acte d'abdication d'Edouard VIII qui porte la meme date.
McKenna, ci-devant editor of the Pink Paper, enjoys a perspective clarified by his possession of a contemporary sensibility to the woof and warp of the gay life.
There would seem to be s ome confusion over the latter, who is made to sound like a ci-devant with a spurious de being introduced between 'Nicolas', the surname given him at birth by his adoptive family, and 'Chamfort', the name which he later assumed.
The Fuhrer must be itching to get on the phone to Chancellor Kohl to ask him how long it will be before Deutschland demands its lost Polish territories and marches into Kaliningrad, the ci-devant Konigsberg.
Sur Mosaique fm, il a cite au titre de ces transfuges, Riadh Mouakher, ci-devant dirigeant a Afek Tounes, Iyed Dahmani, qui a rendu sa carte d'Al Jomhouri et Mabrouk Korchid, ministre des Domaines de l'Etat.
In a different category of possible error is the unsatisfactory repetition of the hoary legend, for which I have failed to find any evidential justification, that what George Joseph |Brides-in-the-Bath' Smith was playing on the sitting-room harmonium that evening in December 1914 as the ci-devant Margaret Lofty was wilting away in the bath aloft, was |Nearer My God to Thee'.
Of course Lithuanians would have us believe that their interest is in exonerating only those wrongfully tried and punished by Stalin's agents-another example of the ease with which you can accuse the ci-devant Soviet Union of any crime.
C'est a l'enseigne de la reponse a cette interrogation que va sans doute se determiner la suite de la relation entre les deux ci-devant partenaires.
Trump Tower stands at the center of an island that now famously displays its linked dioramas of wealth and misery: the rich in their castles, the homeless on the subway gratings and indeed in the old rail tunnels below the gleaming bulk of the ci-devant Commodore.