Forespeak

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Forespeak See Forspeak.
    • v. t Forespeak To foretell; to predict. "My mother was half a witch; never anything that she forespake but came to pass.""You can not soothsay .""Old soothsaying Glaucus' spell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forespeak To foresay; foretell or predict.
    • forespeak To engage beforehand; buy a thing before it is in the market; bespeak: as, that calf is forespoken.
    • forespeak See forspeak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forespeak fōr-spēk′ to predict: :
    • v.t Forespeak fōr-spēk′ (Shak.) to gainsay
    • v.t Forespeak fōr-spēk′ (Scot.) to engage beforehand.
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Usage

In literature:

You are making trouble, and forespeaking disappointment.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
No doubt Isolina had heard her captors forespeak their plans.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
She stood at the pier-head and as they passed poured a cup of ale into the sea, to forespeak good luck for the fleet.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Susanna Edwards was active and powerful in forespeaking.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
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