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.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age.Job. viii. 8.
The latter and former rain.Hosea vi. 3.
3. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the
former part of a discourse or argument.
3. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
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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