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prīdem, adv. [from the obsol. pri-, prei-, (= prae; whence prior, primus, pridie), with demonstrative suffix dem], long ago, long since, a long time ago; without a negative: ita me pridem facere atriensem voluerat, Plaut. Cas. 2, 8, 29; id. Rud. 4, 7, 23: quod ad me pridem scripseras, Cic. Fam. 5, 6, 2; Stat. Th. 3, 680.—With a negative: non pridem, haud pridem, not long ago, a short time ago, lately (class.): hoc ego mali non pridem inveni, Ter. Heaut. 2, 1, 17: recens natura est mundi, neque pridem exordia cepit, Lucr. 5, 331: haud ita pridem, not so very long ago, Hor. S. 2, 2, 46: Themistocles fuit, nostrā civitate non ita pridem dominatu regio liberatā, not long before, Cic. Brut. 10, 41.—In old times, in former times, in time past, aforetime, formerly: nunc jam non classem, in quam, sicuti pridem, confugiant, superesse, Just. 5, 7, 12: Italiam notiorem sibi nunc, quam pridem fuisse, id. 31, 3, 10: eodem igitur furore in paenitentiam, quo pridem in iram versus, mori voluit, id. 12, 6, 7: quam pridem, how long ago, for how long a time: quam pridem pater et mater mortui essent, Ter. Eun. 3, 3, 11: quam pridem non edisti, Plaut. Stich. 2, 1, 46; Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 48, 126; id. Rosc. Com. 3, 8.