theretofore

adverb
there·​to·​fore | \ ˈt͟her-tə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce theretofore (audio) ; ˌt͟her-tə-ˈfȯr \

Definition of theretofore

: up to that time a theretofore unknown author

Examples of theretofore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There weren’t many bright colors, but some theretofore unnoticed textural quirks—on clothes, on faces—went wild with deep, scrutinizing, photographic detail. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 My confidence had reached a height theretofore unseen. Shannon Driskill, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of theretofore

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Theretofore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theretofore. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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