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1       pron   When two people, things, or groups have just been mentioned, you can refer to the second of them as the latter.  
the PRON  
He tracked down his cousin and uncle. The latter was sick.     
      Latter is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
There are the people who speak after they think and the people who think while they're speaking. Mike definitely belongs in the latter category.     
2       adj   You use latter to describe the later part of a period of time or event.  
ADJ n   (=later)  
The latter part of the debate concentrated on abortion.     

Latter-day is used to describe someone or something that is a modern equivalent of a person or thing in the past.      adj   ADJ n  
He holds the belief that he is a latter-day prophet.     
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closing, concluding, last, last-mentioned, later, latest, modern, recent, second  
   antecedent, earlier, foregoing, former, preceding, previous, prior  

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latte, later, latterly, late

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Used as an euphemism for replacing the word ‘fuck', with reference to the latter's taboo status and potential to shock or offend
[informal] Ex: Known for her banters and taste for swearing, the down-to-earth and much loved popstar was nonetheless warned to avoid dropping the F-bomb during the broadcast live ceremony
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