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EtymologyEdit

preter- +‎ pluperfect

NounEdit

preterpluperfect (countable and uncountable, plural preterpluperfects)

  1. (grammar, dated) The pluperfect.
    • 1840, E.A.Poe, The Philosophy of Furniture
      A carpet is the soul of an apartment. [...] As regards texture the Saxony is alone admissible. Brussels is the preterpluperfect tense of fashion, and Turkey is taste in its dying agencies.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for preterpluperfect in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)