In 1 Samuel 7:16 we read:

et ibat per singulos annos circuiens Bethel et Galgala et Masphath, et judicabat Israelem in supradictis locis.

The English translation (see link) of supradictis is (the rather old fashion) "aforesaid", or "aforementioned". Is this meaning attested in Latin? Wictionary (which indicates supradictus to be an alternative form of superdictus) does not think so. There is no entry on L&S for supra/superdictus. The only reference to it is found in the entry for supra, which states:

Compounds formed with supra are extremely rare. In late Lat. supradictus, suprafatus, suprafundo, suprajacio, supranatans, suprasedeo, etc., are found, but here supra is properly written separately as an adv.; only suprascando (v. h. v.), on account of its signif., is to be written as one word.

Interestingly, aforementioned = afore + mentioned, and afore comes from OE/ME fore, which comes from PIE *per, which also derived in the Latin per. Given that supradictis is synonymous with superdictis, the two words seems to be indeed indirectly related.

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