[uh-fawr-thawt, uh-fohr-]


thought of previously; premeditated (usually used predicatively): with malice aforethought.


premeditation; forethought.

Origin of aforethought

First recorded in 1575–85; afore + thought2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)
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Word Origin and History for aforethought

1580s, from afore + past tense of think. Apparently an English loan-translation of Old French legalese word prepense (see prepense) in malice prepense "malice aforethought" (Coke).

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