• WordNet 3.6
    • adj forfeit surrendered as a penalty
    • v forfeit lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime "you've forfeited your right to name your successor","forfeited property"
    • n forfeit the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    • n forfeit a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something "the contract specified forfeits if the work was not completed on time"
    • n forfeit something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are nine rooms on a 'Clue' game board. A forfeited baseball game is recorded as a 9-0 score.
    • Forfeit A thing forfeit or forfeited; what is or may be taken from one in requital of a misdeed committed; that which is lost, or the right to which is alienated, by a crime, offense, neglect of duty, or breach of contract; hence, a fine; a mulct; a penalty; as, he who murders pays the forfeit of his life. "Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal
      Remit thy other forfeits ."
    • p. p. or a Forfeit In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation. "Once more I will renew
      His lapsèd powers, though forfeite ."
    • Forfeit Injury; wrong; mischief. "To seek arms upon people and country that never did us any forfeit ."
    • a Forfeit Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure. "Thy wealth being forfeit to the state.""To tread the forfeit paradise."
    • Forfeit Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; -- whence the game of forfeits. "Country dances and forfeits shortened the rest of the day."
    • Forfeit To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
    • Forfeit To fail to keep an obligation. "I will have the heart of him if he forfeit ."
    • v. t Forfeit To lose, or lose the right to, by some error, fault, offense, or crime; to render one's self by misdeed liable to be deprived of; to alienate the right to possess, by some neglect or crime; as, to forfeit an estate by treason; to forfeit reputation by a breach of promise; -- with to before the one acquiring what is forfeited. "They] had forfeited their property by their crimes.""Undone and forfeited to cares forever!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forfeit To lose the legal or moral right to by one's own act or omission to act, usually by a breach of conditions or by a wrong act, offense, fault, crime, or neglect; become by one's own act liable to be deprived of.
    • forfeit To cause the forfeiture of.
    • forfeit To yield up as a forfeiture.
    • forfeit To subject to forfeiture.
    • forfeit To transgress; trespass; commit a fault.
    • forfeit Forfeited.
    • n forfeit A transgression; a misdeed; a crime; a malicious injury.
    • n forfeit That to which the legal or moral right is lost by one's own act or failure to act, as by a breach of conditions or by a wrong deed or offense; hence, that which is taken or paid in forfeiture; a fine; a mulct; a penalty: as, he who murders pays the forfeit of his life.
    • n forfeit Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; hence, in the plural, a game in which articles deposited by individual players as forfeited by doing or omitting to do something are redeemable by some sportive fine or penalty imposed by the judge.
    • n forfeit Synonyms See list under forfeiture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forfeit for′fit to lose the right to by some fault or crime
    • pr.p Forfeit for′feiting; pa.p. for′feited
    • n Forfeit that which is forfeited: a penalty for a crime, or breach of some condition: a fine: something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine or penalty, esp. in pl., a game of this kind
    • adj Forfeit forfeited
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”
  • Laber
    “To accept a favor is to forfeit liberty.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.”
  • Phaedrus
    “I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Personally, I hold that a man, who deliberately and intelligently takes a pledge and then breaks it, forfeits his manhood.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forfet, crime, penalty, F. forfait, crime (LL. forefactum, forifactum,), prop. p. p. of forfaire, to forfeit, transgress, fr. LL. forifacere, prop., to act beyond; L. foris, out of doors, abroad, beyond + facere, to do. See Foreign, and Fact


In literature:

This commission was forfeitable for acts of cruelty or misconduct.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
An Athenian forfeited his citizenship on opening a house of shame.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
As both father and son took part in the Rebellion, the estate of Gask was forfeited.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
To know that he had forfeited these cut deep into his soul.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But these forfeited it because of unbelief.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers
And what is more, if I forfeit every dollar coming to me, I'll never marry that man!
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
The game was forfeits.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
He had killed an Indian warrior, and his life would pay the forfeit.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
The man paid his life as the forfeit of his temerity.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
One or more may retire from the game, and on doing so forfeit all their interest, and cease to be players in that game.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel

In poetry:

She stooped her pearly head
Seaward, and said:
"Would'st thou I gave to thee
Thy liberty,
In Time's youth forfeited?"
"Liberty Rejected" by William Watson
What was to be done? A moment
Till he forfeited his head!
Swiftly then Twardowski reckoned
On a scheme to serve his stead.
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz
"Who spilleth life, shall forfeit life;
So bid thy lord believe;
That lawless love is guilt above,
This awful sign receive."
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
"Nowe yielde thee, Arthur, and thy lands,
All forfeit unto mee;
For this is not thy paye, Sir King,
Nor may thy ransome bee."
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
"Sure 'tis thy mirth, or dost thou rave?
"Can I," he scoffing cried,
"Thy forfeit name from scorn to save,
E'er wed a peasant maid?
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
"Thy gold" he cried " the conqu'ror scorns,
He claims thy forfeit LIFE,
Thy precious gems, and jewels rare,
He gives thy beauteous wife."
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

The Shiloh football program will have to forfeit all of its wins from the 2011 season, more fallout from the short but dramatic tenure of former head coach Brian Montgomery.
A total of 179 tax-forfeited land parcels will go on public auction Wednesday, Sept 12 (9:30 a.m.) at the Government Center's Board Room.
Cleveland Gladiators players' strike causes forfeit loss to Pittsburgh Power.
Seattle Seahawks forfeit OTA practices for excessive workouts.
3 team in the Super 25 high school football rankings, may have to forfeit its Florida 6A state title and 15-0 season.
The government has said in court papers that the money should be forfeited because it is the proceeds of crimes.
"I think it can be said pretty clearly that, in terms of the number of acres, this is the largest case on which the federal government has tried to forfeit in Maine," he said.
And the presence of the drugs has the state's attorney's office initiating proceedings to have another house forfeited to the state, according to State's Attorney Julia Rietz.
The sales tax of $7 was added into the complaint, pushing the total over the $100 threshold required to be able to forfeit a vehicle under Indiana Code 34-24-1-1(a)(1)(B).
28 Administrative rule dictates pension must be forfeited if member is convicted of any crime involving embezzlement for pension commission funds or property.
Google forfeited the money to settle a government investigation into its distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies that were illegally selling prescription drugs to American consumers.
IN 2010 federal prosecutors seized nearly $2 billion in forfeited assets—that is, property deemed to be used in or derived from a crime.
Further, law enforcement keeps 100 percent of the revenue raised from forfeited property.
The pitcher will forfeit $24 million and can file for free agency.
Alberta poachers fined $100,000, forfeit Hummer .

In science:

Of course, by truncating the dynamics at such high freezeout energy densities we forfeit the possibility of comparing our results directly with experiment.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball
Either way, we have to forfeit one of the advantages of the permutation-enumeration algorithm: the computational simplicity of its inner loop.
Solving Simple Stochastic Games with Few Random Vertices
Supplementary to local accounts, all users need accounts with the SSO provider, and an organization must forfeit some level of control to that provider. A provider may choose to alter their protocol in a way that is not backwards compatible or even discontinue service entirely.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
Upon violating any of them, the person incriminated forfeits their anonymity.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
Merriam-Webster) 25 forfeit ― to lose or lose the right to especially by some error, offense, or crime (ibid.) 26 Accountability can principally based on a cut-and-choose technique or a zero-knowledge proof (introduced in [4,5] respectively), as demonstrated by L.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity