To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance.
Other Word Forms of Forfeit
Origin of Forfeit
Middle English from ca. 1300, from Old French forfait (“crime”), originally the past participle of forfaire (“to transgress”), and Medieval Latin foris factum. During the 15th century, the sense shifted from the crime to the penalty for the crime.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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