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forfeit

[fawr-fit]
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noun
  1. a fine; penalty.
  2. an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
  3. something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
  4. an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
  5. forfeits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
  2. to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
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adjective
  1. lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.
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Origin of forfeit

1250–1300; Middle English forfet < Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) < Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, do
Related formsfor·feit·a·ble, adjectivefor·feit·er, nounnon·for·feit·a·ble, adjectivenon·for·feit·ing, adjectivere·for·feit, verb (used with object)un·for·feit·a·ble, adjectiveun·for·feit·ed, adjectiveun·for·feit·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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7. surrender, yield, relinquish, forgo, waive.
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Examples from the Web for forfeited

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  • If you have forfeited man's respect and esteem, there is a God with whom there is mercy and forgiveness.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • The Barony of Holderness was forfeited, but Drogo was never captured.

  • They said their lives would be forfeited if we gave them up, and they entreated us to let them go.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • When our engagement was forfeited, that right was forfeited with it.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I hope it cannot be shown that he has forfeited all claim to my protection.


British Dictionary definitions for forfeited

forfeit

noun
  1. something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc
  2. the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner
  3. law something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc
  4. (sometimes plural)
    1. a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
    2. an object so given up
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verb
  1. (tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
  2. (tr) law
    1. to confiscate as punishment
    2. to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
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adjective
  1. surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
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Derived Formsforfeitable, adjectiveforfeiter, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do
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Word Origin and History for forfeited

forfeit

n.

c.1300, "misdeed," from Old French forfait "crime, punishable offense" (12c.), originally past participle of forfaire "transgress," from for- "outside, beyond" (from Latin foris; see foreign) + faire "to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). Translating Medieval Latin foris factum. Sense shifted mid-15c. from the crime to the penalty: "something to which the right is lost through a misdeed." As an adjective from late 14c., from Old French forfait.

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forfeit

v.

c.1300, "to lose by misconduct;" see forfeit (n.). Related: Forfeited; forfeiting.

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