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Whilom

Adjective

[hwahy-luh m, wahy-] Archaic.

1. former; erstwhile:
    whilom friends.

Adverb

2. at one time.

Origin:
900; Whilom was a conjugation of while in Old English (the dative case.)

“When this ceremony was over Mrs. Ebley found herself conversing with her whilom object of contempt, and coming gradually under the influence of his wonderful charm, while Stella stood there trembling with the wildest excitement she had yet known.”
- Henry James, The Point of View