American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Archaic To disclose or betray.
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.
- v. transitive, obsolete To expose a deception.
- v. transitive, archaic To accuse; malign; speak evil of.
- v. transitive To reveal; divulge; make known; declare; inform.
- v. transitive To expose a person, rat someone out.
- v. transitive To divulge a secret.
- v. transitive 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. transitive To reveal or disclose unintentionally or incidentally; show the presence or true character of; show or make visible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To soil. See beray.
- v. Obs. or Archaic To expose; to reveal; to disclose; to betray.
- v. reveal unintentionally
- 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)
- Middle English biwreien : bi-, be- + wreien, to accuse (from Old English wrēgan). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Atli shall bewray thee, and cast thee into a worm-close, and thereafter shall Atli and his”
“But in thy love-making thou hast not bethought thee that keep her to thyself thou mayst not while I am above ground, save thou bewray me, and join thee to my foemen and thine.”
““Villain!” said Prince John, “thou wouldst not bewray our counsel?””
“Here comes the queen, whose looks bewray her anger:”
“Thereat laughed they all right jocundly only young Stephen and sir Leopold which never durst laugh too open by reason of a strange humour which he would not bewray and also for that he rued for her that bare whoso she might be or wheresoever.”
“O what an evaporation wherewith to bewray the masks or mufflers of young mangy queans.”
“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.”
“Such as the murder of us twain may evermore bewray.”
“Thrasileon, the honour of our comfort, received his death so patiently, that he would not bewray the league betweene us, either by crying, howling, or any other meanes, but being torn with dogs and wounded with weapons, did yeeld forth a dolefull cry, more like unto a beast than a man.”
“Hide the outcast; bewray not him that wandereth.”
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