From for- (“up, completely”) + tear.
fortear (third-person singular simple present fortears, present participle fortearing, simple past fortore, past participle fortorn)
- (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, [...]
- Usually found in the past participle as fortorn.