erstwhile erstwhile  /ˈɜrs ˌtwaɪl/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) belonging to some prior time
  2. (adv) at a previous time

Usage(s):

  1. Commander Moua, too, wonders where his erstwhile American allies have gone.
  2. Denouncing the erstwhile invader may provide an ideological buttress for China's own leadership.
  3. The BYUT party of Yuliya Tymoshenko, erstwhile flamboyant princess of the Orange Revolution who had been fired as premier by Yushchenko six months earlier, finished second.

News

  1. Pro Golf Commentary: Garcia can't stop apologizing to Tiger

    A handshake on the driving range. A handwritten note left quietly in his locker. About the only thing Sergio Garcia hasn't done this week is send Tiger Woods a box of chocolates. There's still time, of course, since the two erstwhile rivals don't tee off until Thursday in the U.S. Open at muddy Merion Golf Club. On second thought, maybe a nice bouquet of flowers tucked inside one of those wicker ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail

  2. Column: Garcia can't stop apologizing to Tiger

    ARDMORE, PA. (AP) - A handshake on the driving range. A handwritten note left quietly in his locker. About the only thing Sergio Garcia hasn't done this week is send Tiger Woods a box of chocolates. There's still time, of course, since the two erstwhile rivals don't tee off until Thursday in ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Washington Times

  3. BART's Dorothy Dugger Just the Latest Transit Boss to Earn Bucks for Not Working

    The news that erstwhile BART general manager Dorthy Dugger remains the rail service's highest-paid employee -- despite being offboarded by BART's board of directors in 2011 -- is beguiling. Sadl...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: SF Weekly Blogs

Quotes

  1. "She was a great Prime Minister......and a greater human being. She gave nationhood for India and she would stand up to the erstwhile USSR or the USA or anybody else," Lord Paul, who had written a book on Gandhi and was considered a close friend...
    on Mar 12, 2008 By: Swraj Paul Source: Hindu

  2. "As a merged entity, it is proposed to operate all flights under a common code. Air India is currently in the process of imeplementing a combined new state-of-the-art PSS. All erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines flights will be migrated to this...
    on Dec 11, 2008 By: Praful Patel Source: Hindu

  3. "Here is somebody who is sufficiently confident in his own abilities that he doesn't fear allowing into his cabinet an erstwhile rival," said Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University.
    on Nov 18, 2008 By: Andrew Bacevich Source: The Canberra Times

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