- thought of previously; premeditated (usually used predicatively): with malice aforethought.
- premeditation; forethought.
Origin of aforethought
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Related Wordsproposed, predetermined, promised, expected, calculated, planned, designed, contracted, premeditated, willful, voluntary, conscious, intentional, deliberate, considered, prepared, thoughtful, studied, treated, careful
Examples from the Web for aforethought
Yet invective singles him out for its one object, and so betrays the aforethought malice of its inspiration.The Life of Cesare Borgia
If a Frenchman is ever rude, he is rude with malice prepense and aforethought.
- (immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)
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Word Origin and History for aforethought
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