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forspent

[ fawr-spent ]
/ fɔrˈspɛnt /
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adjective Archaic.
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Also fore·spent [fawr-spent, fohr-] /fɔrˈspɛnt, ˈfoʊr-/ .

Origin of forspent

First recorded in 1550–70; past participle of Middle English forspenden, Old English forspendan; see for-, spend
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How to use forspent in a sentence

  • How few of us are willing to go alone into the woods whither the Master went, clean forspent, clean forspent?

    The Shepherd Psalm|William Evans
  • No wonder there is an appalling infant mortality, while a childbed death is too often the fate of the forspent mother.

    The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Her face was pale, and she had the appearance of one who is utterly forspent.

    Gabriel Tolliver|Joel Chandler Harris

British Dictionary definitions for forspent

forspent

forespent

/ (fɔːˈspɛnt) /

adjective
archaic tired out; exhausted
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