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withershins

[with -er-shinz] /ˈwɪð ərˌʃɪnz/
adverb, Chiefly Scot.
1.
in a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counterclockwise: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.
Also, widdershins.
Compare deasil.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle Low German weddersin(ne)s < Middle High German widdersinnes, equivalent to wider (Old High German widar) opposite (see with) + sinnes, genitive of sin way, course (cognate with Old English sīth); see send, -s1
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withershins

/ˈwɪðəˌʃɪnz; Scottish ˈwɪðər-/
adverb (mainly Scot)
1.
in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
2.
in a direction contrary to the usual; in the wrong direction Compare deasil
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German, literally: opposite course, from wider against + sinnes, genitive of sin course
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