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Examples of hitherto in a sentence

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hitherto(hĭþˈər-to͞oˌ, hĭþˌər-to͞oˈ)

(adverb) - used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time

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EXAMPLES - Hitherto in a Sentence

  1. But now Walter, who had not uttered a word hitherto, broke in suddenly, (source)
  2. She called him by a name hitherto unknown to his North Valley associates! (source)
  3. Church, called hitherto the Reformed Church of England, is no longer to exist. (source)
  4. This has brought about an enormous development in hitherto closed areas of research. (source)
  5. We have almost constant rain hitherto, and our exercise has to be taken in the verandah. (source)
  6. a chairman of an English Board of Directors, but with a space for the name hitherto blank. (source)
  7. This was the dark man whom I have called hitherto the Lowlander; his name was Dale, ordinarily called Black (source)
  8. 'Hindenburg has kept his word hitherto, said Gertrude, as gloomily as Cousin Sophia herself could have said it. (source)
  9. And when I return to London, young Nevile shall be Duke of Bedford, a title hitherto reserved to the royal race. (source)
  10. In retaliation, the Iranians rain hitherto-undetected nuclear missiles on the major oilfields of the Middle East. (source)
  11. This was the dark man whom I have called hitherto the Lowlander; his name was Dale, ordinarily called Black Andie. (source)
  12. Nisroch, which is utterly unlike any divine name hitherto found in the Assyrian records, is most probable a corruption. (source)
  13. Nor has this calling hitherto been considered derogatory, as food is held to be sacred, and he who prepares it is respected. (source)
  14. Finally, then, the writer showed how to this Man belonged properly all those titles hitherto lavished upon imagined Supreme Beings. (source)
  15. On the contrary, the almost universal feeling of Ireland, so far at least as it has been displayed hitherto, is one of satisfaction. (source)
  16. In 1977, Andronikos undertook a six-week dig at the Tumulus and found four buried chambers which he identified as hitherto undisturbed (source)
  17. If it means nothing more than the expression hitherto in use, what is gained by admitting a formula which easily might be misunderstood? (source)
  18. "We go, friend Bickley, deep into the bowels of the world, far deeper, I think, than any mortal men have gone hitherto, that is, of your race." (source)
  19. * The Paths of Opposite Influences. * -- (_b_) Since we are now dropping the figurative manner of expression hitherto employed, by which we spoke of (source)
  20. The lady, with a professional reputation that can only politely be described as hitherto under-reported, ends up with 5 per cent equity free of cost. (source)
  21. In 1977, Andronikos undertook a six-week dig at the Tumulus and found four buried chambers which he identified as hitherto undisturbed Drag to Playlist (source)
  22. Marcoline, who had not spoken a word hitherto, noticing how hungry Irene was, said pleasantly that it would have been a mistake if she had not taken any supper. (source)
  23. They have opened the eyes of teachers to their own short-comings, and the latter have set to work with a zeal and interest in their calling hitherto unthought of. (source)
  24. 'I would have called my son; I would have said: Soulpse has been your name hitherto; never forget that it is yours no more; and call yourself by what other name you please. (source)
  25. Hold that thought: "In order to take advantage of Canadian tax rates" - a phrase hitherto unknown to American English outside the most fantastical futuristic science fiction. (source)
  26. BROCK is a name hitherto associated in the popular mind with fireworks; and if the work be entrusted to this cunning artificer, he will make the New Coinage go off splendidly. (source)
  27. But when any sort of word, especially a word hitherto taboo and therefore noticeable, is scattered across a page like chocolate chips through a tollhouse cookie, a real impropriety occurs. (source)
  28. Now, Charles, if you can find a word hitherto unknown in any language to express the height of amazement, let it sound in your ears to convey the sense of what I in vain seek to communicate. (source)
  29. But by and by, when they begin to think, their heart rebels; the idea hitherto accounted true seems opposed to every humane instinct, and much more opposed to that mercy that is from everlasting to everlasting. (source)
  30. However, George Borrow, who had not said a word hitherto, entered into the discussion, opening fire on the clergyman in a very unexpected manner, and giving him such a setting down as the hearers, at any rate, never forgot. (source)
  31. Her going on hitherto is all confirmatory of my first impression, that it could not be for nothing that she had come out of that death-like trance through her own unassisted strength; but that she was going to have a new lease of life with better health than before. (source)
  32. On receiving an answer he sought the prince's permission to give him a title, and declared that instead of being called Yamato Oguna, the name hitherto borne by him, he should be termed Yamato-dake (Champion of Japan) because he had conquered the hitherto unconquerable. (source)
  33. It has been a term hitherto used to signify that which pleases us we know not why, and in our approbation of which we can justify ourselves only by the concurrence of numbers, without much power of en - forcing our opinion upon others by any argument but example and authority. (source)
  34. The mere title, 'A German Requiem ', involving the commandeering of the name hitherto associated exclusively with the ritual of the Roman Church and the practice of prayers for the dead, and its adaptation to entirely different words, was in itself of the utmost significance; and the significance was enhanced by the character of the words themselves. (source)
  35. Duke of Portland, and he found manuscripts bearing on this very point, and discovered that Newton had reworked out the calculations himself, had found the cause of the error, had taken into account the terms hitherto neglected, and so, fifty years before Clairaut, had completely, though not publicly, solved this long outstanding problem of the progression of the apses. (source)
  36. Everything I have said so far, however, suggests the necessity of thinking these formal peculiarities in Chandler according to some scheme that is capable of flexing dualisms while remaining deeply suspicious of them, and that programmatically avoids the attribution of any a priori content to terms hitherto implicitly predefined by such traditional oppositions as subject and object or nature and culture. (source)
  37. Denys Lombard has proposed that the culture of the region, if we take culture in its narrower sense of literary and artistic forms, could be termed a "Pasisir" Coastal culture, utilizing the name hitherto given to the literary culture of Java's north coast.and, particularly pleasing to me, an emphasis on the importance of texts:The major barrier to locating Bali within a "Pasisir" civilization is to think of the Pasisir world as essentially Islamic, and Bali as essentially Hindu. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "hitherto" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 13 synonyms for hitherto.

attendant, attending, available, hereabouts, hither, in this direction, on board, on deck, on hand, on this spot, on-the-spot, present, within reach


We have 1 antonym for hitherto.



Pronunciation: (hĭþˈər-to͞oˌ, hĭþˌər-to͞oˈ)

Syllabification: hith-er


View up to 25 definitions of hitherto from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adverb) Until this time: The weather, which had hitherto been sunny and mild, suddenly turned cold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adverb) Up to this or that time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adverb) To this place; to a prescribed limit.
  2. (adverb) Up to this time; as yet; until now.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) To this place; thus far.
  2. (None) To this time; until now.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adverb) used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time