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un-geweald

  • noun [ neuter ]
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impotence, inability to control. The word occurs only in the genitive, with the force of an adverb.
where an action is done without the actor's intending it,
unintentionally, not wilfully, involuntarily
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  • Hé wræc his ungewealdes on ðære byrig hiora misdǽda,

      Ors. 6, 5; Swt. 262, 2.
  • Gif hwá his cild ofslihð tó deáðe ungewealdes (

    praeter voluntatem

    ),
      L. Ecg. P. ii. 1; Th. ii. 182, 21: L. M. I. P. 8; Th. ii. 268, 1: L. Alf. pol. 13; Th. i. 70, 9.
  • Ungewealdes,

      Past. 21; Swt. 167, 1.
  • Suelce hé hit ungewisses oððe ungewealdes doo

    agit velut nesciens,

      33; Swt. 215, 11.
  • Ðonne hé of yfelum willan ne gesyngaþ, ac of unwísdóme and ungewisses oððe ungewealdes

    cum non malitia, sed sola ignorantia, delinquitur,

      21; Swt. 157, 25.
  • Se ðe hine nédes ofslóge oþþe unwillum oþþe ungewealdes,

      L. Alf. 13; Th. i. 46, 23.
  • Gif man unwilles oþþe ungewealdes ǽnig þing misdéð,

      L. Eth. vi. 52; Th. i. 328, 21.
  • Eówre synna ðe gé geworhton gewealdes oþþe ungewealdes,

      Wulfst. 135, 30.
where something happens that is not controlled or brought about by a person
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  • Úre gást biþ swíþe wíde farende úrum unwillum and úres ungewealdes ... ðæt biþ ðone þonne wé slápaþ

    our spirit wanders far independently of our wishes or control ... that is when we sleep,

      Bt. 34, 11; Fox 152, 4.
  • Is ðǽm tó cýðanne ðæt hí hié warenigen ǽgðer ge wið ða ungemetlícan blisse ge wið ða ungemetlícan unrótnesse, for ðæm hira ǽgðer ástyreþ sumne unðeáw, ðeáh hié ungewealdes cuman of ðæs líchoman medtrymnesse,

      Past. 27; Swt. 189, 3.
  • Gif him gewealdes gebyrige oððe ungewealdes ðæt hé on ðæs hwæt befoo ðe wið his willan sié, 28; Swt. 199, 22. (Þurh uniweald

    per impotenciam,

      O. E. Homl. ii. 63, 6. O. Frs. un-ewald.
    ]
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v.  un-gewealdes.
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