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laþ

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Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *laiþa-, from Indo-European *aleit- ‘sorrow’.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian leed, Old Saxon lēþ (Dutch leed), Old High German leid (German Leid), Old Norse leiðr (Swedish led).

Indo-European cognates: Greek αλιτρός, Irish liuss.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /lɑːθ/

Adjective

lāþ (comparative lāþra, superlative lāþost)

  1. loathsome, hateful, unpleasant, evil
    Leofest on life lað biþ ðænne. What is dearest in life, shall then be hateful.

Declension

Weak Strong
singular plural singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative lāþa lāþe lāþe lāþan nom. lāþ lāþe lāþ lāþa, -e
accusative lāþan lāþe lāþan acc. lāþne lāþ lāþe lāþe lāþ lāþa, -e
genitive lāþan lāþra, lāþena gen. lāþes lāþes lāþre lāþra
dative lāþan lāþum dat. lāþum lāþum lāþre lāþum
instrumental lāþe


Derived terms

Descendants

Noun

lāþ n.

  1. a person or thing that is evil, hated or unpleasant
    Mid lufe ge mid laðe: with what is pleasant and what is unpleasant.

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