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Word of the Day 08/07/20 Withershins

Withershins (adverb)
withershins [ with-er-shinz ]


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 wid·der·shins [wid-er-shinz] .

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, -s

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR WITHERSHINS
Having arrived at their rendezvous, they danced round it ‘withershins’—that is, in reverse of the apparent motion of the sun.
WITCH, WARLOCK, AND MAGICIAN|WILLIAM HENRY DAVENPORT ADAMS

But this is telling our tale "withershins about," as they say in Netherby.
CLEG KELLY, ARAB OF THE CITY|S. R. (SAMUEL RUTHERFORD) CROCKETT

To go 'withershins' seems to have been reserved for cursing and excommunication.
BALDER THE BEAUTIFUL, VOL. I.|SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER

A weak man like his learned brother Withershins was not a judge to keep the high-roads safe, and make crime tremble.
IN A GLASS DARKLY, V. 1/3|JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU

To go round the person in the opposite direction, or “withershins,” is an evil incantation and brings ill-fortune.
THE KATH SARIT SGARA|SOMADEVA BHATTA

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