Definitions

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  • v. To cause distress or regret to; cause to regret or repent; to vex.
  • v. To regret; repent.
  • v. To regret.
  • v. To repent, be sorry for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To repent; to regret; to be sorry for; to cause regret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to regret or repent; vex; reflexively, to regret; repent.
  • To regret: with object noun or clause.
  • To repent.

Etymologies

From Middle English forthinken, forthynken ("to displease, cause to regret"), corresponding to for- (“mis-”) +‎ think (“to seem, appear”), from Old English þyncan ("to seem, appear"); see methinks. Cognate with Middle High German verdunken ("to displease"), Icelandic forþykkja ("to displease"). Compare also Old English forþencan ("to mistrust, despise, despair"), Dutch verdenken ("to suspect"), German verdenken ("to blame"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Sir, said he, I am of the realm of Logris, and my name is Ector de Maris, and brother unto my lord, Sir Launcelot. In the name of God, said the king, me forthinketh of what I have said, for your brother is here within."
    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 14, 2009