oftentimes was our Word of the Day on 06/12/2017. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of oftentimes in a Sentence
Oftentimes, he is the only man in the aerobics class.
children oftentimes don't realize how quickly time passes
Recent Examples of oftentimes from the Web
The Diary of A Teenage Girl, for example, cast a then-22 year-old Bel Powley to play fifteen—and so Fox’s decision to use Nélisse is incredibly bold, and oftentimes difficult to watch.
The line between inspiration and appropriation in fashion is oftentimes blurred.
The available roles were oftentimes racist, sexist or woefully underdeveloped.
So while the likely Rookie of the Year oftentimes looked like a generational talent and one of the future faces of the NBA, his jump shot created cause for concern.
In those instances, the adults were placed in detention centers to process their claims, while the children were placed in the care of the Office of Refugee Settlement, oftentimes navigating the U.S. legal system without legal counsel.
In a live space, oftentimes people are expecting constant energy.
White House officials and outside advisers suggested Hicks’ departure would strengthen chief of staff John Kelly’s control over what has been an oftentimes chaotic West Wing.
Millions of people do hourly work, oftentimes working multiple jobs.
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Did You Know?
Despite its archaic, literary ring, oftentimes is quite alive today. In fact, it seems to be more popular even now than it was thirty years or so ago, appearing frequently both in written expressions and in quoted speech. Oftentimes was first used in the 14th century (the same century that gave us often), and its meaning hasn't changed - as meanings oftentimes will - in all that time. It was formed as an extension of its slightly older synonym ofttimes. Today ofttimes is less common, but oft (which comes from Old English and also means "often" or "frequently") is popular in combination with past participles, as in oft-praised.
a lot, time after time, time and again;
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