forspeak

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From for- +‎ speak.

Verb[edit]

forspeak (third-person singular simple present forspeaks, present participle forspeaking, simple past forspoke, past participle forspoken)

  1. (transitive, now historical) To charm; bewitch.
    • 1601, Thomas Campion, ‘So tyr'd are all my thoughts’:
      How are my powres fore-spoke? what strange distaste is this?
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 180:
      Thus if any inhabitant of mid-sixteenth-century Maidstone suspected that he had been forspoken, he would go off for advice to one Kiterell, a sorcerer who lived at Bethersden […].
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To injure or cause bad luck through immoderate praise or flattery; affect with the curse of an evil tongue, which brings ill luck upon all objects of its praise.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To forbid; prohibit. [15th-19th c.]
    Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars, And say'st, it is not fit. ― Shakespeare.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forspeken (to bewitch), from Old English forsprecan (to speak in vain, speak amiss, denounce, deny).

Verb[edit]

tae forspeak

  1. To bewitch, cast a spell over, especially accompanied by undue praise or flattery, seduce