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forfeit sb. (1 the orig. sense)
1. breach, violation (of an obligation) Mer.V. V. i. 252*, Rom. I. i. 103* “Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.”
2. penal fine, penalty for breach of contract or neglect of duty Mer.V. I. iii. 149, IV. i. 37, Rom. I. iv. 112 “some vile forfeit of untimely death” ; fig. Cym. V. v. 209.
3. person handed over to the law or to death Meas. II. ii. 71 “Your brother is a forfeit of the law,” IV. ii. 166, Troil. IV. v. 186* “Despising many forfeits and subduements.”
4. forfeiture, loss Meas. I. iv. 66, Mer.V. IV. i. 212, All'sW. III. vi. 33, 3H6 II. i. 197 “make of his head.”
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