forfeit [fawr-fit] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin noun
- a fine; penalty.
- an act of forfeiting; .
- something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
- an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
- forfeits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
verb (used with object)
- to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
- to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
- lost or subject to loss by .
Origin of forfeit 1250–1300; Middle English forfet Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, doRelated formsfor·feit·a·ble, adjectivefor·feit·er, nounnon·for·feit·a·ble, adjectivenon·for·feit·ing, adjectivere·for·feit, verb (used with object)un·for·feit·a·ble, adjectiveun·for·feit·ed, adjectiveun·for·feit·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for forfeit 7., , , , . Examples from the Web for forfeitable Historical Examples of forfeitable
This commission was forfeitable for acts of cruelty or misconduct.
William Henry Smyth
A license is not forfeitable for non-payment of royalties in the absence of express provisions to that effect.
British Dictionary definitions for forfeitable forfeit noun
- something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc
- the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner
- law something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc
- (sometimes plural)
- a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
- an object so given up
- (tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
- (tr) law
- to confiscate as punishment
- to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
- surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
Derived Formsforfeitable, adjectiveforfeiter, nounWord Origin for forfeit C13: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do Word Origin and History for forfeitable forfeit n.
c.1300, “misdeed,” from Old French forfait “crime, punishable offense” (12c.), originally past participle of forfaire “transgress,” from for- “outside, beyond” (from Latin foris; see) + faire “to do” (from Latin facere; see ). Translating Medieval Latin foris factum. Sense shifted mid-15c. from the crime to the penalty: “something to which the right is lost through a misdeed.” As an adjective from late 14c., from Old French forfait.
c.1300, “to lose by misconduct;” see(n.). Related: Forfeited; forfeiting.