swice
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
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swice
adj. I. deceitful, fraudulent Hí wiðstandaþ ðam swican (or subst. ? v. swica) Antecriste, Wulfst. 198, 14. [He minne fader biswak þurh swike his craftes (mid his luþer craftes, 2nd MS. ), Laym. 14865.] II. proving false to what is expected :-- Norðmen wáron súðfolcum swice (i. e. the southern people were deceived in their estimate of the northmen's power; swice, as applied to the northmen, cannot mean rebellious, renouncing allegiance, for it was the southern peoples who had rebelled against the northern, v. 119, 8-18 ; Gen. 1976-1981). Cd. Th. 120, 17 ; Gen. 1996. III. treacherous, failing in loyalty, v. swícan, V. [Feren swike ðe sulden him witterlike, Gen. and Ex. 2845.]
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