- to defend, secure, or protect.
- to fend off, avert, or prevent.
- Archaic. forbid.
Origin of forfend
Related Words for forfendforestall, preclude, counteract, hinder, prevent, avert, prohibit, cease, deter, impede, exclude, obviate, thwart, forbid, restrict, hamper, halt, avoid, restrain, stop
Examples from the Web for forfend
Historical Examples of 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
Agnes C. Laut
- US to protect or secure
- obsolete to prohibit or prevent
also forefend, late 14c., "to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent," a hybrid from for- + fend, from Latin defendere "to ward off."