forlighten

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From for- +‎ lighten, but also continuing (in altered form) earlier forlyten (to diminish), from for- +‎ lite +‎ -en.

VerbEdit

forlighten (third-person singular simple present forlightens, present participle forlightening, simple past and past participle forlightened)

  1. (transitive) To decrease; reduce; diminish; lighten; lighten up.
    • 1892, William Shepard Walsh, Handy-book of literary curiosities:
      For to forlighten with his sheen Those sitting sad, in darkest blindness, In death's cold shade.

See alsoEdit

  • forlyten
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