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[bih-rey] /bɪˈreɪ/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
to reveal or expose.
to betray.
Origin of bewray
1250-1300; Middle English bewraien, equivalent to be- be- + wraien, Old English wrēgan to accuse, cognate with Old High German ruogen (German rügen), Gothic wrohjan
Related forms
bewrayer, noun
unbewrayed, adjective Unabridged
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(transitive) an obsolete word for betray
Derived Forms
bewrayer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from be- + Old English wrēgan to accuse; related to Gothic wrōhjan
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Word Origin and History for bewray

"to reveal, expose," c.1300, from be- + wray. "Probably more or less of a conscious archaism since the 17th c." [OED] Related: Bewrayed; bewraying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bewray in the Bible

to reveal or disclose; an old English word equivalent to "betray" (Prov. 27:16; 29:24, R.V., "uttereth;" Isa. 16:3; Matt. 26:73).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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