afore·​thought | \ ə-ˈfȯr-ˌthȯt How to pronounce aforethought (audio) \

Definition of aforethought

: previously in mind : premeditated, deliberate with malice aforethought

Examples of aforethought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armando Iannucci’s absurdist comedy reveals this in an extremely loose manner of speaking, with malice aforethought, straight-faced glee and formidable sharpshooting that occasionally misfires. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Death of Stalin’ Review: Laughing in the Graveyard of History," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of aforethought

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aforethought

afore + thought, past participle of think entry 1, probably as Anglicization of prepense

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“Aforethought.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aforethought

: thought about or planned beforehand


afore·​thought | \ ə-ˈfōr-ˌthȯt How to pronounce aforethought (audio) \

Legal Definition of aforethought

: previously in mind : premeditated

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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