American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To keep or ward off; avert.
- v. Archaic To forbid.
- v. To defend or protect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fend off; avert; forbid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Archaic To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- Middle English forfenden ("to ward off, protect, prohibit"). More at for- + fend. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forfenden : for-, for- + fenden, to ward off; see fend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[Footnote: Cf. the prefix "for -" in English "forfend," to keep away, to avert, "forbid," to exclude from, to command against, "forbear," to refrain from, etc.]”
“I’ll forfend from the typical look at all the vendors photograph, you’ve seen them before.”
“This is partly because the work's previous presentation in a Broadway house under the auspices of Cameron Mackintosh, known for blockbuster musicals, stirred up a somewhat antagonistic debate: Is this theater or, h eaven forfend, a ballet?”
“The question itself might seem vaguely offensive, but one has to wonder given the howls about Obama “apologizing for America” anytime he publicly intimates that any past foreign policy of the United States might have been mistaken — or, heaven forfend, even be the source of some degree of international animus against us.”
“It appears to do quite well in the marketplace as things stand, and lumping it together with the mainstream might, heaven forfend, see a decline in the sale of fantasy trilogies.”
“I little knew, and less I cared, for I lived always in the moment and let others forecast, forfend, and travail their anxiety.”
“Heaven forfend if Ed had been female: in this sort of ordering, all girls, however talented or aged, come lower than the youngest of boys.”
“Heaven forfend and forbear that we actually admit we have “wiggly bits” under our clothes, much less during “family” viewing hours.”
“That may or may not be true (Bibi Netanyahu duplicitous — heaven forfend!).”
“If you write in hopes that others will like what you write or, heaven forfend, like you for writing it, get yourself another hobby.”
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