forspeak

transitive verb
for·​speak | \ fə(r)ˈspēk\

Definition of forspeak

1 now dialectal British : to cast a bad spell over : bewitch especially by immoderate praise don't boast about the child, lest you forspeak him
2 obsolete : to speak against : asperse

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History and Etymology for forspeak

Middle English forspeken to cast a bad spell over, speak evil of, from Old English forspecan, forsprecan to speak in vain, deny, denounce, from for- + specan, sprecan to speak

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