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also sneap, "to be hard upon, rebuke, revile, snub," early 14c., from Old Norse sneypa "to outrage, dishonor, disgrace," probably related to similar-sounding words meaning "cut" (cf. snip (v.)). Verbal meaning "bevel the end (of a timber) to fit an inclined surface" is of uncertain origin or connection. Snaiping "rebuking, reproaching, reviling" is attested from early 14c.

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  • snape himself confirms the rumour in harry potter and the order of the phoenix.
  • snape, dying from his wounds, releases a cloud of memories and tells harry to take them.
  • snape is generally depicted as having a dour and intense personality.
  • As a child, snape was apparently neglected and his parents often fought each other.

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