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[French : ci, here + devant, before.]
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(esp of an office-holder) former; recent
[literally: heretofore]
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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.
It covers the forbearers, the ci-devant god, Eve and inoperativity: one time before the other, the countertime of philosophy (prolegomena to a theory of the promise), epinoia: the countertime of religion, and threatening promise: before-first persons.
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].
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.
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.