for-fón
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong, Contracted
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
for-fón
ic -fó, ðú -féhst, he -féhþ, pl. -fóÞ; p. ic, he -féng, ðú -fénge, pl. -féngon; pp. -fangen, -fongen [for-, fón to take] . I. to be deprived of anything, forfeit; ălĭquo prīvāri, amittĕre Næbbe his ágne forfongen [hæbbe his ágen forfangen MS. H.] let him not have forfeited his own [let him have forfeited his own, MS. H.], L. Alf. pol. 2; Th. i. 62, 6. II. to take violently or by surprise, clutch, arrest, seize; vehementer căpĕre, imprōviso adventu căpĕre, prehendĕre, apprehendĕre, deprehendĕre Swá þeóf sorgleáse hæleþ semninga forféhþ slǽpe gebundne as a thief suddenly surprises careless mortals bound in sleep, Exon. 20 b; Th. 54, 25; Cri. 874. Ealle deáþrǽs forféng the death-rush clutched them all. Andr. Kmbl. 1990; An. 997. Ǽr ðú ða miclan meaht mín forfénge ere thou didst arrest my great power. Exon. 73 a; Th. 273, 26; Jul. 522. Forfóh ðone frætgan, and fæste geheald seize the proud one [the devil], and firmly hold [him ], Exon. 69 b; Th. 259, 18; Jul. 284. For ðam gylpe gumena drihten forfangen wearþ, and on fleám gewát for that boast the lord of men [Nebuchadnezzar] was seized [with madness], and in flight departed. Cd. 205; Th. 254, 19; Dan. 614. [O. Sax. farfahan: Ger. verfangen.]
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