Associations to the word «Hitherto»
HITHERTO, adverb. (formal or legal) Up to this or that time.
HITHERTO, adverb. Used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time; "So far he hasn't called"; "the sun isn't up yet".
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.