What does the word erst mean?

Usage examples for erst

  1. For the homes of men, He erst shaped, Lord Almighty. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  2. Not in the wine- shop did Madame Defarge confer with these ministers, but in the shed of the wood- sawyer, erst a mender of roads. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  3. The Norman castle rebuilt by Etienne stands where erst stood the Anglo- Saxon hall; the new Priory of St. Wilfred's resembles that of St. Denys in architecture, although it bears the name of the old English saint, to whose honour the first sacred pile, erected by Offa of Aescendune was dedicated; the houses which dot the scene are of a more substantial character; stone is superseding wood. – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake
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