Part of speech: noun

Past time.

Part of speech: adverb

Previously; hither to.

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Usage examples "heretofore":

  1. His intention was to give supremacy over all other gods to his barbarian divinity, who had heretofore been almost unknown. - "The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism", Franz Cumont.
  2. The old man no longer had his own set place in the house as heretofore, and there was none to cut up his food for him. - "Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales", Anonymous.
  3. It was observed that he leaned forward on the rail of the dock all the day, not standing upright as he had done before; and they who watched him closely said that he never once raised his eyes on this day to meet those of the men opposite to him on the bench, although heretofore throughout the trial he had stood with his face raised so as to look directly at those who were there seated. - "Phineas Redux", Anthony Trollope.