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  • adv. Clockwise; following the direction of the sun's movement in the Northern Hemisphere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Motion according to the apparent course of the sun. See withershins.


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From Gaelic (Scottish Gaelic?) deiseil.


  • In his Fizzles the Irish word deasil, which means 'clockwise,' suddenly appears, and we recall that it is also used conspicuously as the first word in the Oxen of the Sun episode in Ulysses.

    Nayman of Noland

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  • Various ceremonies were gone through, while the kindred of the deceased carried the body ashore, and, placing it on a bank long consecrated to the purpose, made the deasil around the departed.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Got out to the City Forest for my deasil run Wednesday was widdershins around the loop.

    Snow relocation accomplished

  • This, which was called making the deasil, 59 both the leech and the assistants seemed to consider as a matter of the last importance to the accomplishment of a cure; and Waverley, whom pain rendered incapable of expostulation, and who indeed saw no chance of its being attended to, submitted in silence.


  • It consists, as is well known, in the person who makes the _deasil_, walking three times round the person who is the object of the ceremony, taking care to move according to the course of the sun.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 280, October 27, 1827

  • Old Highlanders will still make the deasil around those whom they wish well to.

    The Waverley

  • This, which was called making the deasil, both the leech and the assistants seemed to consider as

    The Waverley

  • February 10th, 2009 at 2: 10 pm jet fuel is deasil fuel with additive to keep it from gelling up at alltitude.

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  • Killen could have said "homeopathy is ineffective because it involves dancing deasil around the cauldron, which any person well-versed in neodruidic ritual would know should be danced widdershins."

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  • Also deiseal, deisal and deshil (James Joyce).

    December 14, 2017

  • "She handed the tiny object to Brianna, who discovered it to be a small pierced-work tin brooch, rather tarnished, made in the shape of a heart.

    'That's a deasil charm, a muirninn,' Jocasta said, with a satisfied nod. 'Put it on the wean's skirts, behind.'

    'A charm? ... What kind of charm?'

    'Against the fairies,' Jocasta said. 'Keep it pinned to the lad's smock—always to the back, mind—and naught born of the Auld Folk will trouble him.'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 652

    January 23, 2010

  • Clockwise. The opposite of widdershins.

    November 26, 2007