Definitions

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  • v. To perish; come to nought or ruin; go wrong.
  • v. To degenerate (into); become (something inferior); come to.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forworthen, from Old English forweorþan ("to perish, pass away, vanish; deteriorate, sicken"), from Proto-Germanic *frawerþanan (“to perish, come to ruin”), equivalent to for- (“away, wrongly, badly”) +‎ worth (“to turn into, become”).

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