One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Kill; destroy.‘by the sword's edge his life shall be foredone’
tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spentView synonyms
- ‘To the which the king said: Now I see well that thou wouldest foredo the laws of this land which have been used in the days of my predecessors, but it shall not lie in thy power, and so the king being wroth departed.’
- ‘But use, life, good works have departed with those whom it exhorted to church duty, and in sympathy with all the human endeavor it once knew, but now fordone, in these days it never rings blithely, it can only be made to toll.’
- ‘‘This is the night that either makes me or foredoes me quite’ is surely the cry of a man experiencing this level of risk for the first time.’
- ‘At last one day, when he could think no longer, and dumb instinct awoke in him, he crawled down to the water and lay in a warm shallow water utterly fordone, and the five ascetics with whom he had held counsel and who expected great results from this incredible suffering said, one to another: ‘He will die now.’’
- ‘So there he lay asleep, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, fordone with toil and drowsiness.’
Old English fordōn; related to Dutch verdoen and German vertun, and ultimately to for and do.
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