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  • Forfend — For*fend , v. t. [Pref. for + fend. See {Forewend}.] To prohibit; to forbid; to avert. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Which peril heaven forefend! Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: This is etymologically the preferable spelling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forfend — index ban, contain (restrain), deter, forbid, forestall, prevent, prohibit Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • forfend — (v.) also forefend, late 14c., to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent, a hybrid from FOR (Cf. for ) + fend, from L. defendere to ward off …   Etymology dictionary

  • forfend — [fôr fend′] vt. [ME forfenden: see FOR & FEND] Archaic 1. to forbid 2. to ward off; prevent …   English World dictionary

  • forfend — verb /ˈfɔːˌfɛnd/ To prohibit; to forbid; to avert. What? Multi posting? Usenet Gods forfend! …   Wiktionary

  • forfend — [fɔ: fɛnd] verb 1》 archaic avert or prevent (something evil or unpleasant). 2》 US protect by precautionary measures. Phrases Heaven (or God) forfend archaic or humorous used to express dismay at the thought of something …   English new terms dictionary

  • forfend — /fɔˈfɛnd/ (say faw fend) –verb (t) 1. US to defend, secure, or protect. 2. Obsolete to fend off, avert, or prevent. –phrase 3. Heaven forfend, Archaic (an expression, often used humorously as a mock prayer, calling on Heaven to ward off an evil… …  

  • forfend — transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic forbid b. to ward off ; prevent 2. protect, preserve …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • forfend — /fawr fend /, v.t. 1. to defend, secure, or protect. 2. to fend off, avert, or prevent. 3. Archaic. forbid. Also, forefend. [1350 1400; ME forfenden. See FOR , FEND] * * * …   Universalium

  • forfend — (Roget s Thesaurus II) also forefend verb To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action: avert, forestall, obviate, preclude, prevent, rule out, stave off, ward (off). Idiom: nip in the bud. See ALLOW …   English dictionary for students

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