forfend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v forfend prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Forfend To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.☞ This is etymologically the preferable spelling. "Which peril heaven forefend !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forfend To fend off; avert; forbid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forfend for-fend′ (arch.) to ward off, avert.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. for-, + fend,. See Forewend

Usage

In literature:

If any would forfend this, I'd be his friend for aye.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
May heaven forfend that you should ever be like that.
"The Economist" by Xenophon
Forfend me from a man who weighs every expression with Scotch prudence.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Heaven forfend me from Lamarck nonsense of a "tendency to progression," "adaptations from the slow willing of animals," etc.!
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Heaven forbid and forfend!
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
God forfend that the fever be on thee!
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
As to the monks, Heaven forfend that you should ever become one.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
And Heaven forfend that they should find me out!
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Heaven forfend that I should complain!
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
God forfend that thy life should be required, Francis, though many have been lost in her cause.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In poetry:

"Now heaven forfend, my dearest Lord,
That ever such harm should hap to thee:
But goe to London to the court,
And faire fall truth and honestie."
"The Rising In The North" by Anonymous British
"Marry, heaven forfend," the tanner replied,
"That thou my 'prentice were!
Thou'dst spend more good than I should win,
By forty shilling a year."--
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
I do not want to live when I am old,
I have no use for things I cannot love;
And when the day that I am talking of
(Which God forfend!) is come, it will be cold.
"Resignation" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

I don't mean from work or school - heaven forfend - but from doing the next task on the list.
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