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Afore (adverb)

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Afo're. adv.

  1. In time foregone or past.

    Whosoever should make light of any thing afore spoken or written, out of his own house a tree should be taken, and he thereon be hanged. Esdras, vi. 22.

    If he never drank wine afore, it will go near to remove his fit. Shakespeare's Tempest.

  2. First in the way.

    Æmilia, run you to the citadel,
    And tell my lord and lady what hath hap'd;
    Will you go on afore?
    Shakespeare's Othello.

  3. In front; in the fore-part.

    Approaching nigh, he reared high afore
    His body monstrous, horrible and vast.
    Fairy Queen.

Sources: The Bible - 1. Esdras (1) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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