the former bishopSyn:one-time, erstwhile, sometime, ex-, late; previous, foregoing, preceding, earlier, prior, past, lastAnt:future, next2)
in former timesSyn:earlier, old, past, bygone, olden, long-ago, gone by, long past, of old; literary of yoreAnt:future, present3)
the former of the twoSyn:first-mentioned, firstAnt:latter
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