Definition of Beshrew

1. Verb. Wish harm upon; invoke evil upon. "The bad witch cursed the child"




Definition of Beshrew

1. v. t. To curse; to execrate.

Definition of Beshrew

1. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To invoke or wish evil upon; to curse. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) A mildly imprecatory or merely expletive introductory exclamation, in the form of the imperative. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Beshrew

1. to curse [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: curse

Medical Definition of Beshrew

1. To curse; to execrate. "Beshrew me, but I love her heartily." (Shak) Often a very mild form of imprecation; sometimes so far from implying a curse, as to be uttered coaxingly, nay even with some tenderness. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beshrew

beshines
beshining
beshirted
beshiver
beshivered
beshivering
beshivers
beshone
beshorted
beshout
beshouted
beshouting
beshouts
beshow
beshrew (current term)
beshrewed
beshrewing
beshrews
beshroud
beshrouded
beshrouding
beshrouds
beshut
beside
beside oneself
beside the point
besides
besiege
besieged

Literary usage of Beshrew

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1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1860)
"beshrew him for his counsel I there is not a more dangerous and troublesome way in the world than is that unto which he hath directed thee ; and that thou ..."

2. A Dictionary of Lowland Scotch: With an Introductory Chapter Onthe Poetry by Charles Mackay (1888)
"beshrew me ! " the old ejaculation, meant " curse me !" At the present day inferior writers and careless speakers will say, " I have a shrewd ..."

3. The Fortunes of Nigel by Walter Scott (1878)
"beshrew my fingers, then, if they did so," replied the stranger. " I would your whole country lay there, along with you, and Heaven's curse blight the hand ..."

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