Definition of latter-day in English:



  • [attributive] Modern or contemporary, especially when mirroring some person or thing of the past.

    ‘the book is built around the story of the Flood and a latter-day Noah’
    • ‘Certainly, this latter-day political narcissist has already made up his mind what he's going to announce.’
    • ‘The man who sees himself as a latter-day Saladin will not to be enticed into retirement by the promise of immunity.’
    • ‘Delicate ecosystems worldwide are threatened with irrevocable decline beneath the massed boots of latter-day pilgrims.’
    • ‘It is the latter-day ghost of America's racist past that won't go away.’
    • ‘These latter-day Phileas Foggs, by contrast, want no surprises.’
    • ‘She is always being asked how she came to write a latter-day Greek tragedy with such an insight into gang culture, social warfare and male aspirations.’
    • ‘He was very intent on this task, as if he fancied himself a latter-day St. Francis.’
    • ‘Yet, strangely, we know we aren't in the presence of a latter-day Puritan.’
    • ‘Now they are rallying behind our latter-day Churchill.’
    • ‘And let's face it, it's cooler to be a latter-day Beowulf than a burger-flipper.’
    • ‘This brings up the latter-day chestnut which is now commonly utilised as an excuse to keep walkers out.’
    • ‘I'm not suggesting that I want a latter-day Henry V in charge.’
    • ‘Pillars of society abounded at these latter-day Roman Circuses.’
    • ‘He was portrayed as a latter-day Colonel Blimp with a wonderfully bilious turn of phrase.’
    • ‘Details of what it takes to be a latter-day Bond have been included on the website alongside other Foreign Office careers.’
    • ‘One would seek to undercut or outmaneuver countervailing coalitions, a latter-day British grand strategy, so to speak.’
    • ‘I cannot disagree more with this latter-day Daniel Defoe.’
    • ‘There was a lot of drinking - far too much, even by the latter-day standards of the Billabong - and at far too early an hour.’
    • ‘The rise of the intruder state gave them power; they were latter-day Whigs.’
    • ‘These latter-day seven deadly sins all seem to be connected with information technology, as the art of communication is known these days.’
    modern, present-day, present-time, current, contemporary
    de nos jours
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/ˈladər ˌdā/