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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
Oftentimes frivolous claims like this are made in the hope that the defendant would settle and pay out money.
The release incorporated flicking both wrists upward, oftentimes complimented by scuffing one’s off-foot backwards.
Usually, if people are reaching out and trying to help the police in an effort to find a suspect, any lead is oftentimes helpful.
The innocence of the character is oftentimes intellectualized away.
But, today, Michael Kors threw us a curve ball at his Spring 2018 runway show, by bringing the easiest (and oftentimes divisive) shoe style into a brand-new context.
Another quick reminder, in case anyone needed it: picking games against the spread on the opening week of the season is tough, and the results oftentimes belong in the dumpster.
At the race’s northernmost point, runners are greeted by music and cheerleaders in costumes and in drag, oftentimes following a theme.
Not only do many relive the pain, anxiety, and isolation that these experiences can cause, they can be subjected to people questioning their integrity and, oftentimes, even their memory.
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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.
First Known Use of oftentimes
Synonymsagain and again, constantly, continually, frequently, hourly, much, oft, often (or ofttimes), over and over, repeatedly
Antonymsinfrequently, little, rarely, seldom
Related Wordsalways, consistently, continuingly, continuously, night and day, perpetually, unceasingly, uninterruptedly; afresh, again, anew; commonly, habitually, ordinarily, regularly, routinely; intermittently, periodically, recurrently; generally, usually
Near Antonymsnow, now and then, occasionally, sometimes, sporadically; ne'er, never; once
OFTENTIMES Defined for Kids
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