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for-tét

Cite this: eDIL s.v. for-tét or dil.ie/23984
Last Revised: 2013

Forms: fortiag, fortéig, fortét, fortéit, -fortéit, forthét, forthéit, forteit, fo[r]tegidsi, forregidsi, fortattet, fortés, fortéis, for don te, for-tiassat, forregae, forrega, forṅdechud, fordechuid

v pres. 1 s. fortiag (gl. coniueo) Sg. 170b1 . 2 sg. fortéig Ml. 44b32 . 3 s. fortét, 80d8 , BCr. 33a1 . fortéit, -fortéit, Wb. 4a27 . rel. forthét, Ml. 35a8 . forthéit, Wb. 4a27 . 2 pl. a forteit si, 14c3 . Cf. a fo[r]tegidsi , 14c2 , where Sarauw suggests forregidsi ( Thes. i 592 n .). ipv. 3 s. fortattet su (gl. te adiuvet) Ml. 43b11 . pres. subj. 1 s. (= fut.) fortés, Trip. 88.28 (986) . 2 sg. fortéis siu (gl. adnuito) Ml. 78c1 . 3 s. for don te, Hy i 1 . 2 pl. co far dum thésid se, Wb. 7a12 . 3 pl. for-tiassat (gl. subvenire) Ml. 68d7 . fut. 2 s. forregae siu (gl. adiuves) 19a1 . 3 s. forrega, ZCP xi 87 § 53 . perf. 2 s. lase forṅdechud , Ml. 78c9 . 3 s. fordechuid, 138a7 .

Vn. fortacht, q.v.

(a) helps, assists, succours: gl. adiuvare, iuvare, subvenire. is hed didiu fortheit in spirut intain guidme ni ..., Wb. 4a27 . fortéit anennacc which helps the guilty (?) Laws i 8.22 . ma forthē less n-aile if he helps another's need 23 N 10, 109.12 (= Anecd. iii 23.7 , which is corrupt). ? ticfa ... in dond derg furthe celg, BB 266b44 = ZCP xiii 26.17 . Confirms, corroborates: issí ... in chetbuid sin forthet in lebur which the book supports Ml. 35a8 . issed ... forthét usus (gl. quod usu ... confirmatur) Sg. 187b4 .

(b) in Laws rendered in following passages, takes precedence, prevails but probably the same sense as in (a) is intended : fortét cech cenn bes tressai inní bes étressa `every chief who is more powerful takes precedence of him who is less powerful', Laws iv 330.17 ( Críth G. 474 ; `helps' p. 55 s.v.). na fortéd eigin, Laws iv 272.10 . na fortéd la sainnt sluinti anflaithius (sic MS.) 376.25 .

This may represent an extension in meaning under the influence of téit for 'attacks, overcomes' (see 1 téit IV 1 (e)). Perh. also in: trí chét fer nach foirrechtais 'three hundred men whom they would not overcome' Celtica xix 43 § 17 , 50 .