withershins

withershins

[with-er-shinz]
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.
Compare deasil.


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