[ US /ˈɝstˌwaɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /ˈɜːstwa‍ɪl/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. belonging to some prior time
    the once capital of the state
    her quondam lover
    our former glory
    erstwhile friend
ADVERB
  1. at a previous time
    her erstwhile writing
    she was a dancer once
    at one time he loved her
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How To Use erstwhile In A Sentence

  • Many of the president's erstwhile critics seem willing to give him a chance.
  • These comments provide a glimpse into the thinking of a layer of extremely wealthy Hollywood liberals or erstwhile liberals, whose commitment to democratic rights is increasingly tenuous.
  • The audio, which hijacks your cardiac tempo as only ominous electronica amped up in the dark can do, mixes recordings of two timepieces of erstwhile global authority.
  • Hilary Clinton's status as an erstwhile Obama rival might undermine the traditional trump card of a secretary of state.
  • There are lessons here for all of us, not just his erstwhile friends on the Right. Times, Sunday Times
  • To be fair to the script writers, they have made Todd behave in a way which entitled his erstwhile friends and neighbours to complain about his conduct.
  • The internal emergency was imposed and many oppositon leaders, especially of the erstwhile Jana sangh,. the predecessor to the present Bharatiya Janata party were held in Bangalore. the jail, like the jails of old, provided room for the leaders to introspect and devise ways to end the hegemony of the congress party. Uncertainty Ahead in Karnataka Elections
  • In assembly elections last November, the erstwhile mainstream parties were beaten by the hard-liners -- Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army, and the DUP, led by the loyalist, anti - "popery" firebrand Ian Paisley. MARCHING TOWARD CIVILITY
  • Latham had a reputation for erratic behaviour, not consulting his erstwhile colleagues and for some of the most unparliamentary language ever entered into Hansard.
  • Getting a brand that was erstwhile pushed by James Bond himself?
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