Be shrew


verb (used with object) Archaic.
to curse; invoke evil upon.

1275–1325; Middle English beshrewen. See be-, shrew1 Unabridged
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beshrew (bɪˈʃruː)
archaic (tr) to wish evil on; curse (used in mild oaths such as beshrew me)
[C14: see be-, shrew]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "deprave, pervert, corrupt," from be- + shrew (v.) "to curse;" see shrew. Meaning "to invoke evil upon" is from late 14c.
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