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cræft

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Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *kraft- ‘strength’. Cognate with Old Frisian kraft, Old Saxon kraft (Dutch kracht ‘strength’), Old High German kraft (German Kraft ‘strength, ability’).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kræft/

Noun

cræft m

  1. strength, power
    on ðam gefeohte Mæða cræft gefeol: in that battle the power of the Medes fell.
  2. skill, art
    nan mon ne mæg nænne cræft cyðan butan tolum: no man can show any skill without tools.
  3. an occupation
    hwæt begytst ðu of ðinum cræfte?: what do you get by your trade?
  4. a device, especially magical
    wæs æfre unbegunnen Scyppend, se ðe gemacode swylcne cræft: the Creator, who made such a work, was ever without beginning.

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