Forfeit vs Seizure - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between forfeit and seizure

is that forfeit is a penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor while seizure is the act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.

As a verb forfeit

is to suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance.

As an adjective forfeit

is lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor.
  • That he our deadly forfeit should release'' (John Milton, ''On the Morning of Christ's Nativity , 1629)
  • A thing forfeited; that which is taken from somebody in requital of a misdeed committed; that which is lost, or the right to which is alienated, by a crime, breach of contract, etc.
  • He who murders pays the forfeit of his own life.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal / Remit thy other forfeits .
  • Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine as part of a game.
  • * Goldsmith
  • Country dances and forfeits shortened the rest of the day.
  • (obsolete, rare) Injury; wrong; mischief.
  • * Ld. Berners
  • to seek arms upon people and country that never did us any forfeit


    (en verb)
  • To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance
  • He forfeited his last chance of an early release from jail by repeatedly attacking another inmate.
  • To lose a contest, game, match, or other form of competition by voluntary withdrawal, by failing to attend or participate, or by violation of the rules
  • Because only nine players were present, the football team was forced to forfeit the game.
  • To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
  • To fail to keep an obligation.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I will have the heart of him if he forfeit .

    Usage notes

    * Very rarely, forfeit is used as the past tense form and past participle (i.e., the past tense forms and the present tense form are homographs).


    * (lose a contest) capitulate, surrender * (voluntarily give up) forgo, withgo

    Derived terms

    * forfeits * nonforfeited * nonforfeiting * nonforfeiture


  • Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.
  • * Shakespeare
  • thy wealth being forfeit to the state
  • * Emerson
  • to tread the forfeit paradise
    English irregular verbs English verbs with base form identical to past participle English words not following the I before E except after C rule




    (en noun) (Search and seizure) (wikipedia seizure)
  • The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.
  • the seizure of a thief, a property, a throne, etc.
    The search warrant permitted the seizure of evidence.
  • * 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter VII
  • As yet there had been no alarm of fever. The three seizures had excited some comment, however, and had it not been for the counter-excitement of the burning ship, it is possible that Pine's precaution would have been thrown away
  • A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure).
  • He fell to the floor and convulsed when the epilectic seizure occurred.
  • A sudden onset of pain or emotion.
  • He felt the sudden seizure of pain as the heart attack began.
  • (obsolete) retention within one's grasp or power; possession; ownership
  • * Dryden
  • Make o'er thy honour by a deed of trust, / And give me seizure of the mighty wealth.
  • That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.