Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preterit of befall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past of befall.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • He replied, "O Commander of the Faithful, if a larger life-term befell me, none can hurt me, great or small; but I have bethought me of some couplets, which do thou hear, for my death cannot escape thee."

    Arabian nights. English

  • “O Commander of the Faithful, if a larger life-term befell me, none can hurt me, great or small; but I have bethought me of some couplets, which do thou hear, for my death cannot escape thee.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But now every thing that belongs unto this new creation, even every believer in the world, as well as the angels in heaven, being gathered together in this one head, the whole and all, and every part and member of it, even every particular believer, are secured from ruin, such as befell all things before.

    Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ

  • And how in that same year Duke Albrecht met with a bloody end, such as befell no King or Emperor of the Germans before or after him, at the hands of Duke John, his nephew, whose inheritance he had kept back, and other conspirators; and what vengeance overtook the murderers; and how

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861

  • He had been in search of an adventure all his life, 'a pure dispassionate adventure, such as befell early and heroic voyagers, 'and he thinks that he realized a fraction of his daydreams when that morning found him, an inland castaway,' as strange to his surroundings as the first man upon the earth. '

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • Sweet are the uses of adversity! even such as befell the egg symbolised by Humpty-Dumpty: --

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • By this method serious and I may say ludicrous accidents, such as befell one of my compatriots during that delightful reception at the English Club, are avoided.

    A Passage To India

  • These had fared better, as they lived under native princes who rarely interfered with their Faith, and they probably never suffered real persecution such as befell their brethren on the other coast; besides, one of the paramount rajahs of Malabar, Cheruman Perumal, had conferred on them a civil status.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • It is not a simple weakening of the power of employing instruments, such as befell Ibsen when, after writing The Lady from the Sea, he could no longer keep his symbols and his characters apart.

    G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study

  • Sir George White had heard Boer guns to the west of their right rear, and was afraid of another disaster such as befell the Gloucesters and Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Ladysmith The Diary of a Siege

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.