centuries ago, in former times, anteriorly, some time ago, way back when, time out of mind, onetime, before, once, used to be, a while back, eons ago, afore, in the past, in one case, anciently, before this, preliminarily, in olden times, beforehand, in days gone by, at a time, one time, antecedently, erstwhile, earlier, at once, in the old days, in time past, beforetime, in days of yore, past, already, erst, long ago, heretofore, at one time, one day, aforetime, in the early days, once upon a time, precede, ago
historically (part of speech: adverb)
- These were formerly regarded as distinct species, under the name of Leptostroma. - "Fungi: Their Nature and Uses", Mordecai Cubitt Cooke.
- But do not forget, my good Chevreuse, that I am quite as much under my son's influence as I was formerly under my husband's. - "Louise de la Valliere", Alexandre Dumas, Pere.
- Madame Graslin's mother, seated on the iron bench which Veronique had formerly placed at the end of the terrace, studied every movement of her daughter; she watched her step in walking, and a few tears rolled from her eyes. - "The Village Rector", Honore de Balzac.