Part of speech:

Imp. of BEFALL, v.

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Usage examples "befell":

  1. One quiet November afternoon, when the disappearance of Dan Tugwell had been talked out and done with, a sad mishap befell this gardener, during the performance, or, to speak more correctly, the contemplation of his work. - "Springhaven A Tale of the Great War", R. D. Blackmore.
  2. The husband, heedless what befell for the hour, obtained from the cow such slight store of milk as she possessed. - "The Great Mogul", Louis Tracy.
  3. He also knew that if misfortune befell them no troublesome questions would be asked by the authorities. - "Long Odds", Harold Bindloss.