erstwhile


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erst·while

 (ûrst′wīl′, -hwīl′)
adv.
In the past; at a former time; formerly.
adj.
Former: our erstwhile companions.

erstwhile

(ˈɜːstˌwaɪl)
adj
former; one-time: my erstwhile companions.
adv
archaic long ago; formerly

erst•while

(ˈɜrstˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl)

adj.
1. former; of times past: erstwhile friends.
adv.
2. Archaic. formerly; erst.
[1560–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.erstwhile - belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
Adv.1.erstwhile - at a previous time; "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";

erstwhile

adjective former, old, late, previous, once, past, ex (informal), one-time, sometime, bygone, quondam He is suing his erstwhile friend and business partner.

erstwhile

adverb
At a time in the past:
adjective
Having been such previously:
Translations

erstwhile

[ˈɜːstwaɪl] ADJ (liter) → antiguo

erstwhile

[ˈɜːrsthwaɪl] adj (= former) → d'autrefois

erstwhile

adj (old, liter)vormalig, einstig, ehemalig
adv (old, liter)vormals, ehedem, einst

erstwhile

[ˈɜːstˌwaɪl] (old)
1. adjdi un tempo
References in classic literature ?
In the instant that these thoughts passed through my mind I had turned to make for the window, but my eyes alighting on the form of my erstwhile guardian threw all thoughts of flight to the four winds.
In the great world, where great captains of industry die, all wheels under their erstwhile management are stopped for a minute.
Erstwhile worth-while fun and stunts seemed no longer worth while; and it was a torment to listen to the insipidities and stupidities of women, to the pompous, arrogant sayings of the little half-baked men.
Consequently, the clubrooms became deserted, the servants dozed in the antechambers, the newspapers grew mouldy on the tables, sounds of snoring came from dark corners, and the members of the Gun Club, erstwhile so noisy in their seances, were reduced to silence by this disastrous peace and gave themselves up wholly to dreams of a Platonic kind of artillery.
Quickly, the Belgian leaped over the prostrate form of his erstwhile host, and without a thought of succor for the man in whom, for aught he knew, life still remained, he bolted for the passageway and safety.
Thunderous had been the crash of billows on the rocks, wild the white spray and spume that blew over the bar, troubled and misty and tempest-torn the erstwhile blue peace of Four Winds Harbor.
Jenssen, streaming foul curses upon his erstwhile friend, burst into the tent.
All during the interview Carthoris watched, catlike, for some indication that Vas Kor recognized in the battered panthan the erstwhile gorgeous Prince of Helium; but the sleepless nights, the long days of marching and fighting, the wounds and the dried blood had evidently sufficed to obliterate the last remnant of his likeness to his former self; and then Vas Kor had seen him but twice in all his life.
Gust, that he might the better observe, clambered into the branches of a tree to the rear of them, being careful that the leafy fronds hid him from the view of his erstwhile mates.
An examination disclosed that five of our erstwhile opponents were dead and the sixth, the Neanderthal man, was but slightly wounded, a bullet having glanced from his thick skull, stunning him.
With the instant that Tarzan realized the native's danger his attitude toward his erstwhile prey altered completely--now he was a fellow man threatened by a common enemy.
He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.