Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of gei.
  • n. a solemn injunction

Etymologies

From the Irish geis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A geis was a kind of obligation, imposed either magically or by honor.

    Unicorn Point

  • From geopolitics we then come to the nature of the word Geass, apparently it's derived from the ancient Gaelic term geis and is referred to in the series as the power of kings.

    The Green Lantern

  • Boece again most emphatically rejects the idea that the "geis" were produced from the wood of which the timbers were composed, and once more proclaims his belief that the "nature of the seis resolvit in geis" may be accepted as the true and final explanation of their origin.

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • It be naught but a-a geis, or what they call a program,

    Here There Are Monsters

  • The geis had been laid on it, and it was in effect deserted.

    Here There Are Monsters

  • "Translucent be e'er fair; it were Purple put the geis on me."

    Here There Are Monsters

  • September 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm hauw manee geis en eh gaggul?

    no, u furst - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • One of the main concepts in the book is that of geas (or geis), as I understand it a curse that either obliges or prohibits someone to do something specific (okay, okay, it's a bit more complicated than that).

    Blood and Iron – Elizabeth Bear

  • The search for the Codex Merlini to break the geis spell set by Mircea, which mutated into an uncontrollable force threatening to kill both, plunges Cassandra into a very dangerous to the time line time traveling, where a lot of secrets are revealed.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Because Mircea knew Cassie had the ability to become Pythia, he placed a geis on her at an early age.

    Book 2 in the Cassandra Palmer Series....

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  • See also geas.

    January 25, 2008

  • "In Irish mythology and folklore, a geis (/ˈɡɛʃ/, plural geasa) is an idiosyncratic taboo, whether of obligation or prohibition, similar to being under a vow or spell. A geis can be compared with a curse or, paradoxically, a gift. If someone under a geis violates the associated taboo, the infractor will suffer dishonour or even death. On the other hand, the observing of one's geasa is believed to bring power and good fortune."
    _Wikipedia

    January 25, 2008