From Middle English forbode, forbod, from Old English forbod (“a forbidding, prohibition”), from Proto-Germanic *frabudą (“prohibition”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, fully perceive”), equivalent to for- + bode. Cognate with Dutch verbod, German Verbot, Danish forbud, Swedish förbud. More at forbid.
forbode (plural forbodes)
- (archaic) A forbidding, a prohibition; a command forbidding a thing.
- God's/The Lord's forbode
- 1621, Henry Ainsworth, Annotations Upon the First Book of Moses, Called Genesis, Leviticus, Ch. IIII:
- So Moses himself explaineth it in the words here folowing, and in v. 13. 22. 27. commandements ]or, charges: meaning prohibitions, or forbodes. For God commandeth both to eschew evil, and to doe good.
- 1894, Reginald Brimley Johnson, Popular British Ballads, Ancient and Modern, page 142:
- Thus Cloudesle cleft the apple in two,
- That many a man might see;
- "Over God's forbode," said the king,
- "That thou shoot at me!"
- 2012, The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, The Towneley Plays: The First Shepherds' Play (translated from Middle English into English), page 153:
- FIRST SHEPHERD. God's forbode thou spare't and thou drink every deal.7
- 7 God's forbode ... deal God forbid (literally "God's forbidding") that you refrain from drinking even if you drink it all.
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