Forfeit

Definition of Forfeit

For´feit
n.1.Injury; wrong; mischief.
To seek arms upon people and country that never did us any forfeit.
- Ld. Berners.
2.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.
3.Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; - whence the game of forfeits.
a.1.Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.
Thy wealth being forfeit to the state.
- Shak.
To tread the forfeit paradise.
- Emerson.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Forfeited; p. pr. & vb. n. Forfeiting.]
v. i.1.To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
2.To fail to keep an obligation.
I will have the heart of him if he forfeit.
- Shak.
p. p. 1.In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation.

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