Fore*fend" (?), v. t. [OE. forfenden; pref. for- + fenden to fend. See Fend, v. t.]
To hinder; to fend off; to avert; to prevent the approach of; to forbid or prohibit. See Forfend.
God forefend it should ever be recorded in our history.
It would be a far better work . . . to forefend the cruelty.
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