1. Injury; wrong; mischief. [Obs. & R.]
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.
Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal
Remit thy other forfeits. --Shak.
3. Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; -- whence the game of forfeits.
Country dances and forfeits shortened the rest of the day. --Goldsmith.
For·feit, a. 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.
For·feit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forfeited; p. pr. & vb. n. Forfeiting.] 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.
[They] had forfeited their property by their crimes. --Burke.
Undone and forfeited to cares forever! --Shak.
For·feit, v. i.
1. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress. [Obs.]
2. To fail to keep an obligation. [Obs.]
I will have the heart of him if he forfeit. --Shak.
For·feit, p. p. ∨ a. In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation.
Once more I will renew
His lapsèd powers, though forfeite. --Milton.
adj : surrendered as a penalty [syn: confiscate, forfeited]
n 1: something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty; [syn: forfeiture]
2: a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or
giving up something; "the contract specified forfeits if
the work was not completed on time" [syn: forfeiture]
3: the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for
a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc. [syn: forfeiture,
v : lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime
[syn: give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo]