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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOREWENT

It was through the intervention of Ugolino that he forewent this mission.

So they all forewent him and he entered till they brought him to the door of the Divan.

S—— forewent for a moment his amber mouthpiece to give us his experience and opinion.

But this I know: it was out of their inordinate desire for joy that they forewent joy.

The first prize which fell to Caesar was the consulship, to secure which he forewent the triumph which he had earned in Spain.

What if she forewent her native instinct and the mother said, "My boy is deformed, a cripple—let him die?"

They who forewent us did leave room for us; and should we grieve to do the same to those who should come after us?

WORD ORIGIN

"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.

Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.

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