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be-sprecan

  • verb
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Substitute:
to speak about, mention. Cf. be-secgan, I
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  • Hit is ús swíþor bismre gelíc þæt wé þæt besprecað

    erubescant de recordatione praeteritorum,

      Ors. 3, 11 ; S. 152, 30.
  • Hé begeat sumne ðe hine bespræc tó ðám cásere,

      Hml. Th. i. 374, 13.
of legal proceedings,
to claim
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  • Sette hé borh ꝥ hé bringe his geteáman in þǽr hit besprecen bið (

    where the recovered property will be claimed),

      Ll. Th. i. 288, 17.
in an unfavourable sense,
trans.
To complain of, blame, speak ill of
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  • Fram stefne besprecendre

    a voce obloquentis.

      Ps. L. 43, 17.
with acc.
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  • For hwí besprecað nú men þás crístnan tída, and secgað þæt nú wyrsan tída sién ?,

      Ors. 1, 12 ; S. 54, 33.
with clause
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  • Úre crístne Róma bespricð þæt hiere weallas for ealdunge brosnien

    nostri incircumspecta anxietate causantur, si Romanae reipublicae moles imbecilliíate senectutis contremiscunt.

      Ors. 2, 4; S. 74, 34.
intrans.
To complain, mate complaint
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  • Hú unge*-*metlíce gé bemurciað and besprecað, ꝥ eów nú wyrs

    sié,

      Ors. 1, 10; S. 48, 18,
Etymology
[O. Sax. bi-sprekan to complain of, blame: O. Frs. bi-spreka : O. H. Ger. pi-sprehhan obloqui, detrahere, vituperare.]
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  • be-sprecan, v.