Definition for FOR-SAKE

FOR-SAKE, v.t. [pret. forsook; pp. forsaken. Sax. forsacan, forsæcan; for, a negative, and secan, to seek. See Seek. Sw. försaka, Dan. forsager, G. versagen, D. verzaaken, to deny, to renounce. See Seek and Say.]

  1. To quit or leave entirely; to desert; to abandon; to depart from. Friends and flatterers forsake us in adversity. Forsake the foolish, and live. Prov. ix.
  2. To abandon; to renounce; to reject. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments. Ps. lxxxix. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath- Ps. assail.
  3. To leave; to withdraw from; to fail. In anger, the color forsakes the cheeks. In severe trials, let not fortitude forsake you.
  4. In Scripture, God forsakes his people, when he withdraws his aid, or the light of his countenance. Brown.

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