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



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

  1. (archaic) to forbid; to renounce
    • 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “May. Aegloga Quinta.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: [], London: [] Hugh Singleton, [], →OCLC; reprinted as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, The Shepheardes Calender [], London: John C. Nimmo, [], 1890, →OCLC:
      worldly sovenance he must forsay
  2. (archaic) to deny, gainsay
  3. (archaic) to forsake