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Definition of Forfeit

Forfeit

  1. Injury; wrong; mischief.
  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.
  4. Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.
  5. 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.
  6. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
  7. To fail to keep an obligation.
  8. In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation.

Forfeit Quotations

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
Abraham Lincoln

Though we may not necessarily forfeit our lives in service to our God, we can certainly demonstrate our love for Him by how well we serve Him.
Thomas S. Monson

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.
James E. Faust

Bain also asked Kansas City for a $3 million tax break. The Bain executives were taking home $36 million in borrowed funds and were asking Kansas City to forfeit $3 million in public money for police officers, roads and schools? More free stuff!
Jennifer Granholm
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Forfeit Translations

forfeit in Dutch is verbeurd
forfeit in French is forfais, forfont, forfaison, forfaire
forfeit in Norwegian is forbrutt, forspille, pant, forspilt
forfeit in Portuguese is perda

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