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Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.  Synonyms: avert, avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, forefend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off.  "Head off a confrontation" , "Avert a strike"

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"Forfend" Quotes from Famous Books

... and adventurers he said at no time any word of despair. He said, "A ship will come! For if—which the saints forfend—Bartholomew Fiesco and Diego Mendez have not reached San Domingo, yet come at last will some craft to Jamaica! From our island or from Spain. How many times since '92 has there been touching here? Of need now it ...
— 1492 • Mary Johnston

... forfend that they should find me out. But what can be done? In brief, I cannot get a brief, and thus I exercise my professional acquirements how I can, proving myself as long-winded, as prosy perhaps, and certainly as lying, as the more fortunate ...
— Olla Podrida • Frederick Marryat

... Montereau. She was married as a mere babe to the Duke of Touraine, who was for a brief time Dauphin, but he died ere she was sixteen, and her father died at the same time. Some say they both were poisoned. The saints forfend it should be true; but thus it was my poor Countess was left desolate, and her uncle, the Bishop of Liege—Jean Sans Pitie, as they call him—claimed her inheritance. You should have ...
— The Caged Lion • Charlotte M. Yonge

... "Now Heaven forfend!" said Wallace, whose kindly heart was touched by her distress, although he despised her for her false deed; "it shall never be said that William Wallace avenged himself on a woman, no matter what her crime might ...
— Tales From Scottish Ballads • Elizabeth W. Grierson

... live through the fight I will do so, lady, but even should I not return the news will travel swiftly; but God forfend that so great a ...
— Wulf the Saxon - A Story of the Norman Conquest • G. A. Henty

Words linked to "Forfend" :   forestall, foreclose, prevent, preclude, forbid

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