- to defend, secure, or protect.
- to fend off, avert, or prevent.
- Archaic. forbid.
Origin of forfend
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Examples from the Web for forfend
Forfend me from a man who weighs every expression with Scotch prudence.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)
Of all travelling companionship, forfend us from that of a married man!
And allowance must likewise be made for thy connubial grief which caused thee to forfend thy wife's body from the demon.The Fantasy Fan January 1934
Is it not rather the blind brute instinct of self-protection, forfend what may?Canada: the Empire of the North</p>
Agnes C. Laut
- US to protect or secure
- obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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Word Origin and History for forfend
also forefend, late 14c., "to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent," a hybrid from for- + fend, from Latin defendere "to ward off."
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