forfend

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forfenden (to ward off, protect, prohibit), equivalent to for- +‎ fend.

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forfend (third-person singular simple present forfends, present participle forfending, simple past and past participle forfended)

  1. (dated) To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is dated and becoming obsolete. Mostly used now in set expressions such as heaven forfend.

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