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- v. to forbid
- v. to renounce
- v. to deny, gainsay
- v. to forsake
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To forbid; to renounce; to forsake; to deny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To forbid; renounce.
From Middle English forsayen ("to renounce"), from Old English forsecgan ("to accuse, accuse falsely, slander, speak about, discourse on"), equivalent to for- + say. Cognate with German versagen ("to refuse, deny"), Swedish försäga ("to misspeak, say too much"). More at for-, say. (Wiktionary)