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See also: foršpan


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forspannen, forspanen, from Old English forspanan (to mislead, lead astray, seduce, entice), from Proto-Germanic *farspananą, *fraspananą (to allure), equivalent to for- +‎ span. Cognate with Middle High German verspanen (to tempt, entice).


forspan (third-person singular simple present forspans, present participle forspanning, simple past and past participle forspanned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To entice; seduce.

Etymology 2[edit]

From fore- +‎ span.


forspan (uncountable)

  1. Foresight; the ability to see, predict, or perceive future events.
    • 1902, Day Otis Kellogg, Thomas Spencer Baynes, William Robertson Smith, The Encyclopaedia Britannica:
      In a remote age and country we find Njal, the hero of the Njal's saga, credited with forspan, or the gift of beholding such shadowy apparitions of future events — a power carefully distinguished from ordinary clear-sighted wisdom.