forewarned is forearmed

Cf. L. praemonitus, praemunitus, forewarned, forearmed.

c 1425 J. ARDERNE Treatises of Fistula (EETS) 22 He that is warned afore is noght bygiled.

c 1530 J. REDFORD Wit & Science 1. 1093 Once warnd, half armd folk say.

1587 R. GREENE Card of Fancy IV. 23 I giue thee this Ring of golde, wherin is written..Praemonitus, Premunitus..inferring this sense, that hee which is forewarned by friendlie counsoule of imminent daungers, is fore-armed against all future mishappe.

a 1661 T. FULLER Worthies (Devon) 272 Let all ships passing thereby be fore-armed because forewarned thereof.

1885 ‘LE JEMLYS’ Shadowed to Europe xxv. ‘Forewarned is forearmed,’ he thought, as he complimented himself upon his success in baffling the attempt to ensnare him.

2002 Washington Times 30 June B4 Forewarned is forearmed. Before the chemical disaster at Union Carbide’s facility in Bhopal, India, the public was told an accident that has now claimed 20,000 lives could never happen.


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