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[with -er-shinz] /ˈwɪð ərˌʃɪnz/
adverb, Chiefly Scot.
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
[wid-er-shinz] /ˈwɪd ərˌʃɪnz/ (Show IPA)
Compare deasil.
Origin of withershins
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 send1, -s1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for withershins


/ˈwɪðəˌʃɪnz; Scottish ˈwɪðər-/
adverb (mainly Scot)
in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
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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