Synonyms for erstwhile

Grammar : Adj
Spell : urst-hwahyl, -wahyl
Phonetic Transcription : ˈɜrstˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl

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Définition of erstwhile

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.
  • adj former
Example sentences :
  • He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.
  • Extract from : « White Fang » by Jack London
  • It was pitiful to see the erstwhile Whittaker majority melt away.
  • Extract from : « Cy Whittaker's Place » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mr. Hungerford and his erstwhile chum did not speak to each other at all now.
  • Extract from : « Cap'n Dan's Daughter » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That erstwhile habit of Sakr-el-Bahr's was one not easy to condone.
  • Extract from : « The Sea-Hawk » by Raphael Sabatini
  • Among them I recognized with a start my erstwhile guard, Holaf, of the Zervs.
  • Extract from : « Valley of the Croen » by Lee Tarbell
  • With blurred eyes, the erstwhile Willa Murdaugh turned to her informant.
  • Extract from : « The Fifth Ace » by Douglas Grant
  • For there is no poverty like the tyranny of that which sits on the erstwhile throne of plenty.
  • Extract from : « The Bishop of Cottontown » by John Trotwood Moore
  • The pretty lips, erstwhile so prone to laughter, are now too serious by far.
  • Extract from : « April's Lady » by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • The erstwhile silent ship was filled with tumult and clamor.
  • Extract from : « A Little Traitor to the South » by Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Mr. Crow was dimly conscious of a mishap to his erstwhile captor.
  • Extract from : « Anderson Crow, Detective » by George Barr McCutcheon

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