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Friday, February 28, 2003

Definitions for forfend

  1. a. (Archaic) To prohibit; to forbid.
    b. To ward off; to prevent; to avert.
  2. To defend; to protect; to preserve.

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Citations for forfend
The Tory leader sort of wanted to say that the government should deploy the army more rapidly, but -- heaven forfend -- he didn't want to imply that it was anybody's fault that the soldiers hadn't been deployed! Simon Hoggart, Guardian
If one of us is missing, heaven forfend, then the king's forces are diminished. Leon Wieseltier, Kaddish
Origin of forfend
1350-1400
Forfend is from Middle English forfenden, from for-, "for-" + fenden, "to ward off."