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

Definition of aforethought

: previously in mind : premeditated, deliberate with malice aforethought

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Recent Examples on the Web The media have medical specialists on call who will quickly second guess every non-disclosure, often with political malice aforethought. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "White House Medical Confusion," 4 Oct. 2020 In December, Newman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with malice aforethought. Christine Pelisek,, "Kansas Man Sentenced for Pushing Girlfriend to Death Off Balcony of Cruise Ship Bound for Bahamas," 9 July 2020 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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