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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vow or obligation placed upon a person.
  • n. A curse.
  • n. A mystical compulsion.


From the Irish geis. (Wiktionary)


  • "To break a geas, that is courting complete dis - aster."

    Three Against The Witch World

  • For the Eddorian's binding'this is perhaps as good a word for it as any, since "geas" implies a curse-was such that the Gray Lensman could return to space and time only under such conditions and to such an environment as would not do him any iota of physical harm.

    Children of the Lens

  • And now has come upon me a geas which is not to be lifted either by toils or by miracles.

    Figures of Earth

  • It is the geas which is laid on every person, and the life of every man is as my life, with no moment free from some bond or another.

    Figures of Earth

  • "I do not know," said Manuel, "but I suppose it is because of a geas which is upon me to make myself a splendid and admirable young man in every respect, and not an old man."

    Figures of Earth

  • I have heard, by legend, that a geas is a thing of great power, not lightly broken. "

    Year of the Unicorn

  • "You could say I am under a kind of geas, one that binds me to help women in need.


  • I, who was never anything but utterly loyal to her, refused to lift that pathetic geas.

    Brush of Darkness

  • The geas snapped into place before I could stop it.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Rankings are done on a scale of one to five Slithy Toads, where a 0 is a complete waste of time, a 2 is a completely innocuous way to spend your time, and a 4 is intended as a geas compelling you to make the time.



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  • I ran across it in a session of D&D (*nerd alert*) when a DM used a lesser geas on a player. I had to ask him what the hell he was talking about; it didn't sound (or look) like a real word.

    January 5, 2007

  • Janny Wurts uses this word fairly frequently.

    December 6, 2006

  • Did you happen to find this while reading Lois McMaster Bujold? ;)

    December 5, 2006