weal

1 [weel]
noun
1.
well-being, prosperity, or happiness: the public weal; weal and woe.
2.
Obsolete. wealth or riches.
3.
Obsolete. the body politic; the state.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English wele, Old English wela; akin to well1

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weal

2 [weel]
noun

Origin:
variant of wale1, with ea of wheal

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weal1 (wiːl)
 
n
wale, welt, Also called: wheal a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow
 
[C19: variant of wale1, influenced in form by wheal]

weal2 (wiːl)
 
n
1.  archaic prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
2.  obsolete the state
3.  obsolete wealth
 
[Old English wela; related to Old Saxon welo, Old High German wolo]

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weal
"well-being," O.E. wela "wealth," in late O.E. also "welfare, well-being," from W.Gmc. *welon, from PIE base *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)). Related to well (adv.).

weal
"raised mark on skin," 1821, alteration of wale (q.v.).
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weal (wēl)
n.
A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.

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Example sentences
On its action depends the fate of the party for weal or woe.
Their aggression is nasty but brief, and serves the larger weal of the
  ecosystem.
In a broader sense, injury may also have been caused to the common weal.
He studied their interests and sought their weal with unremitting zeal.
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