former person


former person
   a perceived opponent of the Communist state
   Such people had already lost such rights as were accorded to Soviet citizens:
    They consolidated their positions with trenches dug by forced labour gangs made up of train-loads of'former persons' sent to the front. (Moynahan, 1994, writing of the Russian civil war in 1919)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • former — former, latter 1. These two words are used individually or contrastively (as the former and the latter) to refer to the first and second respectively of two people or things previously mentioned; in this role they are used attributively (before a …   Modern English usage

  • former - late — ◊ former You use former in front of a noun to indicate that the person you are talking about is no longer the thing referred to by the noun. For example, the former chairman of a company used to be the chairman, but is not the chairman now.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • former — Ⅰ. former [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) having been previously. 2) of or occurring in the past. 3) (the former) denoting the first of two things mentioned. ORIGIN Old English. Ⅱ. for …   English terms dictionary

  • Person — • Discusses (1) the definition of person , especially with reference to the doctrine of the Incarnation; and (2) the use of the word persona and its Greek equivalents in connection with the Trinitarian disputes. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • former — former1 [fôr′mər] adj. [ME formere, compar. of forme, first < OE forma: see FOREMOST] 1. preceding in time; earlier; past [in former times] 2. first mentioned of two: often used absolutely (with the) [Jack and Bill are twins, but the former is …   English World dictionary

  • former chief of staff — person who was once chief of staff …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Person County, North Carolina — Infobox U.S. County county = Person County state = North Carolina map size = 250 founded = 1791 seat = Roxboro area total sq mi =404 area land sq mi =392 area water sq mi =12 area water percentage = 2.92% census estimate yr = 2006 population… …   Wikipedia

  • Person — The term person is used in common sense to mean an individual human being. But in the fields of law, philosophy, medicine, and others, it means the presence of certain characteristics that grant a certain legal, ethical, or moral standing. For… …   Wikipedia

  • former — for|mer1 [ fɔrmər ] function word *** Former can be used in the following ways: as an adjective (only before a noun): She still visits her former husband. as a pronoun (after the ): Given the choice between rose pink and olive green, I d choose… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • former — I UK [ˈfɔː(r)mə(r)] / US [ˈfɔrmər] adjective, pronoun *** Summary: Former can be used in the following ways: as an adjective (only before a noun): She still visits her former husband. as a pronoun (after the ): Given the choice between rose pink… …   English dictionary


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