Adjective "erstwhile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


  1. 'He assuredly bumped off a formidable array of erstwhile friends and possible rivals.'
  2. 'To be fair to the script writers, they have made Todd behave in a way which entitled his erstwhile friends and neighbours to complain about his conduct.'
  3. 'Or is it more a question of a prime minister losing the trust of his people, including some his erstwhile friends and allies?'


  1. 'Getting a brand that was erstwhile pushed by James Bond himself?'
  2. 'Thus it came to pass that one of the islands of the Archipelago of Bermuda, erstwhile the haunt of buccaneers, became the lair of another gang.'
  3. 'Oil money has corrupted the media and a considerable segment of erstwhile critical intellectuals.'


1. former; of times past: erstwhile friends. adverb

2. Archaic. formerly; erst.

More examples(as adjective)

"allies can be erstwhile."

"foes can be erstwhile."

"colleagues can be erstwhile."

"friends can be erstwhile."

"enemies can be erstwhile."

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