from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To disclose or betray.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To expose a deception.
- v. To accuse; malign; speak evil of.
- v. To reveal; divulge; make known; declare; inform.
- v. To expose a person, rat someone out.
- v. To divulge a secret.
- v. To disclose or reveal (usually with reference to a person's identity or true character) perfidiously, prejudicially, or to one's discredit or harm; betray; expose.
- v. To reveal or disclose unintentionally or incidentally; show the presence or true character of; show or make visible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To soil. See beray.
- transitive v. To expose; to reveal; to disclose; to betray.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To accuse; malign.
- To reveal; divulge; make known; declare.
- To disclose or reveal (the identity or the secrets of a person) perfidiously or prejudicially; betray; expose.
- To reveal or disclose unintentionally or incidentally; show the presence or true character of; show or make visible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reveal unintentionally
Middle English biwreien : bi-, be- + wreien, to accuse (from Old English wrēgan).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bewraien, bewreyen, equivalent to be- + wray, from Old English wrēġan ("to accuse, impeach"), from Proto-Germanic *wrōgijanan, *wrōhijanan (“to tell, speak, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *were-, *wrē- (“to tell, speak”). Cognate with Old Frisian biwrōgja ("to disclose, reveal"), Old High German biruogen ("to disclose, reveal"), Modern German berügen ("to defraud"), Swedish röja ("to betray"). (Wiktionary)