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beshrew

[bih-shroo] /bɪˈʃru/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
1.
to curse; invoke evil upon.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English beshrewen. See be-, shrew1
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British Dictionary definitions for be-shrew

beshrew

/bɪˈʃruː/
verb
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to wish evil on; curse (used in mild oaths such as beshrew me)
Word Origin
C14: see be-, shrew
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Word Origin and History for be-shrew

beshrew

v.

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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