from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Worn out, as from exertion; exhausted.

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  • adj. exhausted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wasted in strength; tired; exhausted.


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From the past participle of forspend, equivalent to for- +‎ spent.


  • Nevertheless when the sea was stirred by violent blasts which were just rising from the rivers about evening, forspent with toil, they ceased.

    The Argonautica

  • But on the fiends He fastened bonds of torment, and thrust them down into the depths of darkness, bitterly abashed, where darkly Satan rules, a woeful wretch, and with him the foul fiends, forspent with pain.

    Codex Junius 11

  • We saw her, forspent, crawl into the thicket to sleep.

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • The muse sits neglected, if not forspent, in the hemicycle of the arts: —“Dark Science broods in Fancy’s hermitage,

    0 Introduction. Stedman, Edmund Clarence, ed. 1900. An American Anthology, 1787-1900

  • Now lieth he in his halls forspent with grievous age, but other griefs are mine.

    The Iliad

  • And eke, for ignorance, I deemed thy love an easy thing, Thy love in which the noblest souls for languor are forspent;

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

  • So taste of the anguish that knows no relent And be with the rest of the wolven forspent!

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume III

  • And he goeth his way a great pace, and Messire Gawain also goeth amidst the forest, and full weary is he and forspent with travail.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • It being by this night and he fasting and penniless, he wandered on, unknowing whither and more desirous of death than of otherwhat, and presently happened upon a very desert part of the city, where seeing a great cavern, he addressed himself to abide the night there and presently, forspent with long weeping, he fell asleep on the naked earth and ill in case.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Messer Ricciardo, seeing himself in ill case and now recognizing his folly in taking a young wife, whenas he was himself forspent, went forth the chamber tristful and woebegone, and bespoke

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio


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