of-sittan
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
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of-sittan
I. to sit upon, press down by sitting Heó ofsæt ðone selegyst she (Grendel's mother) pressed down the hall-guest (Beowulf, who had fallen) . Beo. Th. 3094; B. 1545. Nû sceal se ðe wile sittan æt Godes gereorde ðæt gærs ofsittan, ðæt is, ðæt hé sceal ða flǽsclícan lustas gewyldan, Homl. Th. i. 188, 26. II. to sit upon, oppress Gif hé; (a king) his folc ofsit, ðon biþ hé tyrannus, Ælfc. Gr. 50, 20 ; Som. 51, 47 : Homl. Th. i. 242, 4. Swongornes hí ofsit, and hí mid slǽwþe ofer-cymþ, Bt. 36, 6 ; Fox 180, 33. Godes fýnd ðe ða earman ofsittaþ, Jud. Thw. 156, 5. Ðú wilt cweþan ðæt ungemetfæstnes hí ofsitte, Bt. 36, 6; Fox 182, 2. Ete ælþeódig folc ðíne tilinga and ðe mid bismore ofsittan sis calumnian sustinens, Deut. 28, 33. Ofseten mid ðǽm ðístrum ðisses andweardan lífes praesentis vitae tenebris pressus, Past. II, I; 65, 7. Ic eom mid earmlícre ofergiotolnesse ofseten, Shrn. 198, 21. Ðæt mód sǽde ðæt hit wǽre ofseten (cf. ofþrycced, Fox 24, 14) mid ðæs láðes sâre, Bt. 8, tit.; Fox x. 19. III. to sit upon, occupy, take possession of (with idea of force or wrong) Ðæt sió oferflôwnes ðæra geþohta ne meahte ofsittan ðæs sacerdes heortan quatenus sacerdotale cor nequaquam cogitationes fluxae possideant, Past. 13, l; Swt. 77, II. Eall ðæt seó sǽ his ofseten hæfþ quantum maria premunt, Bt. 18, I; Fox 62, 12. IV. to sit about, besiege Fearas mê ofsǽton (obsederunt ). Ps. Th. 21, 10, 14. V. to repress, check, present motion; cf. of-standan Ðus ðû scealt ða yfelan ofsetenan wǽtan ût âdôn thus shalt thou remove the evil, repressed humours, Lchdm. ii. 24, 7. v. preceding word.
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