1. The act of forging metal into shape. [Obs.]
Useless the forgeryMilton.
Of brazen shield and spear.
2. The act of forging, fabricating, or producing falsely; esp., the crime of fraudulently making or altering
a writing or signature purporting to be made by another; the false making or material alteration of or
addition to a written instrument for the purpose of deceit and fraud; as, the forgery of a bond. Bouvier.
3. That which is forged, fabricated, falsely devised, or counterfeited.
These are the forgeries of jealously.Shak.
The writings going under the name of Aristobulus were a forgery of the second century.Waterland.
Syn. Counterfeit; Forgery. Counterfeit is chiefly used of imitations of coin, or of paper money, or of
securities depending upon pictorial devices and engraved designs for identity or assurance of genuineness.
Forgery is more properly applied to making a false imitation of an instrument depending on signatures to
show genuineness and validity. Abbott.
(For*get") v. t. [imp. Forgot Obs.); p. p. Forgotten Forgot; p. pr. & vb. n. Forgetting.] [OE.
forgeten, foryeten, AS. forgietan, forgitan; pref. for- + gietan, gitan to get; cf. D. vergeten, G. vergessen,
Sw. förgäta, Dan. forgiette. See For-, and Get, v. t.]
1. To lose the remembrance of; to let go from the memory; to cease to have in mind; not to think of; also,
to lose the power of; to cease from doing.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.Ps. ciii. 2.
Let my right hand forget her cunning.Ps. cxxxvii. 5.
Hath thy knee forget to bow?Shak.
2. To treat with inattention or disregard; to slight; to neglect.
Can a woman forget her sucking child? . . . Yes, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.Is. xlix.
15. To forget one's self. (a) To become unmindful of one's own personality; to be lost in thought. (b) To
be entirely unselfish. (c) To be guilty of what is unworthy of one; to lose one's dignity, temper, or self-
1. Apt to forget; easily losing remembrance; as, a forgetful man should use helps to strengthen his memory.
2. Heedless; careless; neglectful; inattentive.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers.Heb. xiii. 2.
3. Causing to forget; inducing oblivion; oblivious. [Archaic or Poetic] "The forgetful wine." J. Webster.
(For*get"ful*ly), adv. In a forgetful manner.
1. The quality of being forgetful; prononess to let slip from the mind.