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From Middle English forthrowen (to hurl); equivalent to for- +‎ throw.


forthrow (third-person singular simple present forthrows, present participle forthrowing, simple past forthrew, past participle forthrown)

  1. (transitive) To throw off; cast off; reject.
    • 1977, Karen M. Adams, Black images in nineteenth-century American painting and literature:
      The two stand endlessly facing one another, "Ahab in his scuttle, the Parsee by the mainmast; but still fixedly gazing upon each other; as if in the Parsee Ahab saw his forthrown shadow, in Ahab the Parsee his abandoned substance" [...]
    • 2007, Limited Intelligence & Active Machinery:
      Dread is primordially grounded in having-been from where future and present temporalize themselves. Let's start from the disclosing function of existential understanding. Its achievement is to forthrow possibilities. Since being is fully unlike beings, to understand it means to forthrow a possibility in which the sheer other to beings reveals itself.

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