September 29, 2011
- forfeit (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to lose or lose the right to as a punishment for an error, offense, or crime
- How do you use it?
- We didn't have enough players, so we ended up having to forfeit the game to the other team.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think comes from the same root as "forfeit"?The link between "forfeit" and "artifact" is the Latin verb "facere," which means "to do" or "to make." "Forfeit" first entered English as a noun meaning "crime" or "misdeed." The verb developed from the noun and originally meant "to do a misdeed." Members of the "facere" family often have something to do with "doing" or "making." For example, an "artifact" is something made by humans and "artificial" refers to something made by human skill or artistry rather than by nature. "Satify" literally means to do enough, "manufacture" means to make something, and "benefit" originally referred to doing a good deed.