fortear

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From for- (up, completely) +‎ tear.

Verb[edit]

fortear (third-person singular simple present fortears, present participle fortearing, simple past fortore, past participle fortorn)

  1. (transitive) To tear up; tear to pieces.
    • 1842, A historical collection from official records, files, &c.:
      A German hussar, a veteran in the wars of Germany, appeared at the door of Congress, in Philadelphia, in his uniform and on horseback, with a fortorn cap upon his head, [...]
    • 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The poetical works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
      It was as if an earthquake rent, And made fortorn The households horn Of peace on earth, [...]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually found in the past participle as fortorn.