forsay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forsayen (to renounce), from Old English forsecgan (to accuse, accuse falsely, slander, speak about, discourse on), equivalent to for- +‎ say. Cognate with German versagen (to refuse, deny), Swedish försäga (to misspeak, say too much). More at for-, say.

Verb[edit]

forsay (third-person singular simple present forsays, present participle forsaying, simple past and past participle forsaid)

  1. to forbid
  2. to renounce
  3. to deny, gainsay
  4. to forsake

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