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  • v. To draw away (to evil, sin, etc.); seduce.

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From Middle English forteen, from Old English fortēon ("to mislead, seduce; draw over, cover, obscure"), equivalent to for- +‎ tee. Cognate with West Frisian fortsjen ("to move out, depart"), German verziehen ("to warp, stretch, spoil, move away").

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