forfend

[fawr-fend]
verb (used with object)
1.
to defend, secure, or protect.
2.
to fend off, avert, or prevent.
3.
Archaic. forbid.
Also, forefend.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English forfenden. See for-, fend

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forfend or forefend (fɔːˈfɛnd)
 
vb
1.  (US) to protect or secure
2.  obsolete to prohibit or prevent
 
forefend or forefend
 
vb

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forfend
late 14c., "to protect, prohibit," a hybrid from for- + fend, from L. defendere "to ward off."
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Example sentences
Bureaucrats, heaven forfend, are being made redundant.
Heaven forfend that art should challenge people with its intense emotions or with thoughts they don't already think.
To forfend such a motion, the court allowed the plaintiffs sixty days in which to file an amended complaint.
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