Former

For"mer

(?), a. [A compar. due to OE. formest. See Foremost.] 1. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
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For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age.
Job. viii. 8.
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The latter and former rain.
Hosea vi. 3.
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3. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
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3. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
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A bad author deserves better usage than a bad critic; a man may be the former merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be latter without both that and an ill temper.
Pope.

Syn. -- Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding; foregoing.
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