of previously; premeditated (usually used predicatively):
with malice aforethought.
If a Frenchman is ever rude, he is rude with malice prepense and aforethought.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876 Various
Yet invective singles him out for its one object, and so betrays the aforethought malice of its inspiration.
The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
(immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)
1580s, from afore + past tense of think. Apparently an English loan-translation of Old French legalese word prepense (see prepense) in malice prepense “malice aforethought” (Coke).
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in past; in a former ; previously. former; previous. Historical Examples Sing now, as aforetime to Rameses, how, and of what should he sing? Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 108, March 16, 1895 Various And you too, O Priam, I have heard that you were aforetime happy. The Iliad Homer Soon sand will cover […]
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in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul. run / come / fall afoul of, to become entangled with: The boat ran afoul of the seaweed. to come into conflict with: The business had fallen afoul of the new government regulations. Historical Examples And even when the feller got afoul […]