hitherto

adverb
hith·​er·​to | \ ˈhi-t͟hər-ˌtü, ˌhi-t͟hər-ˈtü\

Definition of hitherto

: up to this or that time reveals some hitherto unknown facts about her life

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Examples of hitherto in a Sentence

at the talent show Kyle revealed his hitherto unknown gift for doing impressions

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Kokoschka/Pro In Dresden, where Kokoschka settled after World War I, the artist’s palette brightens and his impasto technique, hitherto mostly confined to faces, hands and clothing, floods his canvases, often extending to their very corners. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Oskar Kokoschka—Expressionist, Migrant, European. A Retrospective’ Review: Longevity as Blessing and Curse," 2 Jan. 2019 Japan, in contrast, stumbled into the second round by virtue of having received fewer yellow cards than Senegal in Group H, a hitherto unseen World Cup tiebreaker. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 July 2018 Wang Qishan, who has led Mr Xi’s crackdown on corruption, was made vice-president, a hitherto ceremonial position that may now be beefed up to oversee relations with America. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Mar. 2018 The hitherto relied upon veterans such as Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Javi Martinez have now been replaced with the exuberance of Isco, Asensio and Saul Niguez. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Spain's Chances at the Tournament," 31 May 2018 Maybe a hitherto brutal dictator is looking for the survival strategy that Mr. Trump has offered. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 In another industrial revolution, humans are making new things in novel ways into hitherto impossible shapes, using the technology of a fizzled craze: 3D printing. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 In response, environmental groups, hitherto quiescent environmental professionals, and more — all Americans who care about the health of our country and our planet — still need to find new ways and means of mobilizing against it, and fast. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 By 1985, in one of the crueler ironies of the century, gay men had learned that the liberation of the libido, the casting-off of eons-old shame, had exposed them to an implacable, hitherto unknown virus. Michael Cunningham, New York Times, "Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of hitherto

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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hitherto

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of hitherto

: until now : before this time

hitherto

adverb
hith·​er·​to | \ ˈhi-t͟hər-ˌtü \

Kids Definition of hitherto

: up to this time I had hitherto lived alone.

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