Definitions

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  • n. Envy; hatred.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wickedness.

Etymologies

From Middle English nith, nithe, from Old English nīþ ("envy, hatred, enmity, rancor, spite, ill-will, jealousy, action which arises from hatred, strife, war, hostility, the effect of hatred, persecution, trouble, vexation, annoyance, affliction, tribulation, grief, evil, wickedness, malice, an instance of wickedness or malice, enmity, attack, oppression"), from Proto-Germanic *nīþaz, *nīþan (“zeal, envy, hatred, fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *neid- (“to revile”). Cognate with Dutch nijd ("envy"), German Neid ("envy, jealousy"), Swedish regional nid ("hatred, envy"), Icelandic níð ("hatred, envy"). (Wiktionary)

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